2016 Bodegas Zuazo Gaston Rioja Crianza Edicion Limitada Spain

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About the Wine

Bodegas Zuazo Gaston is a family producer with a history stretching back to 1850. Located in the little village of Oyón (Alava), Bodegas Zuazo Gaston is a family winery owned and managed by Prudencio Zuazo Gaston. The Zuazo Gaston family have been grape growers in the Rioja for hundreds of years following the age-old practice of selling off their grapes to the larger, regional cooperative wineries.

In 2001 Prudencio founded his winery with the goal of producing wine from only the best grapes of the estate. He still sells off a sizable portion of the production, but keeps the best for himself. The vineyards include more than 100 acres of calcareous clay soil where Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano grape varieties are cultivated. The vines are an average age of 30 years, and are located about 450 meters above sea level, taking advantage of a good orientation and long, sunny days. Yields are controlled to about 4,000 kilograms/hectare.

New oak levels are limited to 25% and that is split equally between French and American. Zuazo Gaston only produces red wines. Total production is limited to 200,000 bottles per year, thus allowing an optimal quality level for each wine produced.

Blend: 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano

Aging:14 months in French oak

Tasting Notes:

Deep cherry color with slight purplish. Raspberry with a touch of baking spice, cocoa and cream. Balanced, with a persistent finish. This is a traditional, stylish Rioja and not overdone with oak, extract or in the modern style. Well integrated oak and easy to drink more.

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Medalla de Oro: International Wine Challenge Catavinum 2016

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