AN EXCEPTIONAL VINEYARD The old vines that inhabit Viña el Pisón are located in enviable conditions due to their picturesque surroundings, hours of sunshine and elevation above sea level. Located upon a rocky, nutrient-poor subsoil of varying depths, the 65-year-old vines are densely planted, dry-farmed and maintained naturally; chemical fertilizers and pesticides are never used. By green harvesting and dropping fruit when needed, Juan Carlos assures his loyal followers that the exceptional quality of Viña el Pisón's Tempranillo will not waver from year to year.
WINEMAKER'S NOTES Planted in 1945 by the grandfather of winemaker & owner Juan Carlos López de Lacalle, this small 6-acre single-vineyard property is nestled at the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria mountain range, not far from the medieval village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa. From its first vintage in 1991, this legendary vineyard has produced some of the highest-scoring wines in the world. Located at one of the uppermost elevations in Spain and protected by natural rock walls, Viña el Pisón lies in nutrient-poor soils that are made predominantly of calcaric clay and small pebbles. The wine that hails from this unique vineyard site reflects the expertise of Juan Carlos' ancestors and their passion to keep the spirit of the old-vine Tempranillo alive. The vineyard's unique micro-ecosystem produces a wine that is densely chromatic, deep and complex on the palate with a fresh ripeness and fine, elegant tannins. Containing seductive aromas and a long, lingering finish, this wine has an exclusive character and personality that gives it an exceptional propensity for long bottle aging.
VARIETY 100% Tempranillo