D.O.C. Rioja

Located in Northern Spain, south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the river Ebro, La Rioja benefits from a predominantly continental climate. The mountains help to isolate the region, which have a moderating effect on the climate; they also protect the vineyards from the fierce winds that are typical of northern Spain. The region is also home to the Oja river, believed to have given the region its name. Although most of the region is situated on a plateau, a little more than 1,500 feet above sea level, La Rioja Alavesa, located closer to the mountains, is at slightly higher elevation and has a cooler climate. Annual rainfall in the region is approximately 20 inches. As a result, Rioja Alavesa produces wines with a fuller body and slightly higher acidity. Vineyards in the area have a low vine density with large spacing between rows. This is due to the relatively poor conditions of the soil, with the vines needing more distance from each other and less competition for the nutrients in the surrounding soil. The soil here is clay based with a high concentration of chalk and iron. There is also a significant concentration of limestone, sandstone and alluvial silt.

José Ayala Salazar began working in his father’s vineyard at the age of six. For the men in his family, growing the finest Tempranillo has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 2 months of oak ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
José Ayala Salazar began working in his father’s vineyard at the age of six. For the men in his family, growing the finest Tempranillo has been a tradition for as long as anyone can remember.
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Initially you notice explosive, bright fruit: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Palate: This young wine is vibrant, lively on the palate, and an ideal complement to cheese, pasta, light meats or pizza.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: March 2014
Aintxane Prieto Uriarte and her husband own a family vineyard in Labastida, right in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The property has been handed down from generation to generation, in a region where making wine is much more than a job, it is a tradition.
Type of Wine: Red Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Tempranillo. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: 12 months in French and American oak, followed by 24 months of bottle ageing.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 61º and 65º F
Alcohol Content: 13%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Aintxane Prieto Uriarte and her husband own a family vineyard in Labastida, right in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The property has been handed down from generation to generation, in a region where making wine is much more than a job, it is a tradition..
Tasting notes
Color: Deep garnet.
Nose: Initially you notice explosive, bright fruit: blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, followed by a slight oakiness.
Palate: A complex, but not overly heavy red wine, it goes well with lamb, beef, venison, or lighter fare like poultry, cheese or pizza.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $14.99
Available: March 2014
Augusto Ceballos Arce, a young grower from the village of Briñas, in the world-renown Rioja Alavesa region of northern Spain, is proud to share with you a white wine made from the local varietal, Viura.
Type of Wine: White Wine
Appellation of Origin: DOC Rioja
Winery: Labastida, Rioja Alavesa
Varietal: 100% Viura. Vines are between 40-80 years old.
Terrain: Labastida, in the Rioja Alavesa, can be found at the highest, most northern edge of Rioja, were climactic conditions are nearly ideal for wine production. The soil is a mixture of clay and limestone, and is made up of mostly southwest facing terraces. Average rainfall is slightly over 15 inches per year.
Harvest: Hand picked and selected twice: initially in the
vineyard, with a second selection on receipt at the winery.
Ageing: Stainless steel.
Bottling: Bottled on the property.
Serving Temperature: Between 41º and 55º F
Alcohol Content: 12%
Released to Market: Spring 2013
About the producer
Augusto Ceballos Arce, a young grower from the village of Briñas, in the world-renown Rioja Alavesa region of northern
Spain, is proud to share with you a white wine made from the local varietal, Viura..
Tasting notes
Color: Light Straw.
Nose: Viura is characteristic for it’s lack of nose!
Palate: This wine will delight you with a perfect balance of acidity and fruit. A long, satisfying finish makes this wine ideal for pairing with fish, poultry, or cheese dishes. You could also try it with any egg-based recipe (think tortilla) or a salad.

 

Format: 750ml (case of 12 bottles)
SRP: $9.99
Available: April 2014