Badiola Vino de Pueblo Leza L3Z4 Rioja Alavesa 2018

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Badiola Vino de Pueblo Leza L3Z4 Rioja Alavesa 2018

Country - Spain

Region - Rioja

Grape Varieties - Tempranillo 100%

Alcohol by volume - 14.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Producer - Badiola

Tasting notes - A balanced and smooth wine delivering rich aromas of dark cherries complemented by delicate hints of spice and herbal notes of thyme and rosemary.

Badiola Vino de Pueblo Leza L3Z4 Rioja Alavesa 2018

An impressive and intensely flavoured wine delivers rich
aromas of dark cherries complemented by delicate hints
of spice and herbal notes of thyme and rosemary.
Producer Note
Badiola, founded in 2018, is a winery based in the heart of Rioja Alavesa which offers a
new perspective on Rioja wines: here the emphasis is on-site, rather than ageing. The
vineyards are situated on the slopes of the Sierra Cantabria, predominantly surrounding
the villages of Villabuena, Leza, Laguardia and Baños del Ebro, with each terroir
producing wines with a distinctive character. The vines are extremely old and low yielding; many were planted in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s and they deliver
concentrated juice with a clear identity. Vines are planted on hillsides in soils with a
high percentage of limestone, a characteristic that sets Alavesa apart from the rest of
Rioja, together with high altitude and vineyard age. The winemaking philosophy is to
obtain very pure, fresh and well-textured wines that reflect their origin.
Vintage
The 2018 vintage in Rioja Alavesa started with fresh and wet conditions; rain and winds
at flowering resulted in naturally lower yields. The cooler growing season allowed a slow
and gradual ripening cycle for the Badiola vines, resulting in fresh, delicate and
aromatic wines.
Vineyard
The grapes come from carefully selected parcels in the village of Leza, close to the
Sierra Cantabria produces structured wines from old vines planted at 600 metres
elevation. The microclimate here is cool and humid, which leads to later ripening than
in other areas in the region and the wines have dense, inky and muscular tannins with a
dark fruit profile. The bush vines are planted in limestone soils and are cultivated with
respect for the environment, using minimal sprays of copper and sulphur. The fruit is
hand-harvested in 15-kilogram boxes to preserve its quality. Current Denominación de
Origen regulations in Rioja only permit the use of a village name on the label by the
location of the winery (i.e. the building, not the vineyards) thus the wine from the Leza
vineyards is marketed as L3Z4.
Winemaking
The Tempranillo grapes were manually sorted to maintain diversity and subtle variation
in ripeness adding complexity. Fermentation and malolactic conversion took place with
selected yeasts in stainless steel tanks and concrete vats at moderate temperatures.
The number of daily pump-overs and maceration timings were tailored to each
individual tank based on tastings, with the aim of obtaining balance without over-extraction. The wine was made without excessive use of new oak or oxidative ageing.
47% was matured in first and second-use French barriques of 300 litres for nine months
and the balance was aged in stainless steel tanks on its fine lees. Blending and bottling
took place on January 31st 2019, with just 5,066 bottles being produced.
Tasting Note
A balanced and smooth wine delivering rich aromas of dark cherries complemented
by delicate hints of spice and herbal notes of thyme and rosemary.
Grape
Tempranillo 100%

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