Castillo Labastida Rioja Reserva 2005
This wine comes from vines with an average age of 30 years. It was fermented at 27ºC under temperature controls, and the must was pumped over on a daily basis. Devatted using gravity, the wine then underwent natural malolactic fermentation after three weeks before being aged for 18 months in one- to three-year-old, medium-toast American and French oak barrels. After the final racking, the wine was lightly clarified, decanted, and bottled directly without any type of filtration.
Labastida Wineries and Vineyards combines the traditional wine-making ethos with the latest technological developments so as to make the best wines. Its spacious, modern premises make for a large production capacity. The Winery has vats of very varied sizes in which wines are aged separately %u2013 from small blends to large volumes. This large capacity means that each varietal can be vinified independently, giving 7 different qualities.
External Reviews for Castillo Labastida Rioja Reserva
Opens with leather and rubber and quickly moves to dry cherry, spice and balsam wood. The palate is balanced and healthy, with fairly thick and meaty plum and berry flavors cut by proper acids. Long on the finish, with a tobacco note and lasting berry length.
The 2005 Reserva is a ripe, savory wine with a plush palate feel, good depth, and plenty of succulent fruit. It has enough structure to evolve for 1andndash;2 years and will drink at its best from 2012 to 2020.
Food Pairings for Castillo Labastida Rioja Reserva
This expresses dill and coconut aromas in the nose from American oak barrels, which are accompanied by ripe and enthralling red fruits: currants, cherries, strawberries as well as some black currants. There’s quite a bit of mintiness to the wine, though that just adds to its complexity. This is a very refreshing style of Rioja, not sacrificing richness but keeping it in check.
150000 bottles produced.
Aged 16 months in American Oak.
Aged 16 months in French Oak.
Notes: Aged in 70% American and 30% French oak.
|Alcohol: 14.1%||pH: 3.5|