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Akutain Rioja "Cosecha" '20
The history of Akutain begins over four decades ago, when Rioja’s storied estates were consistently producing Spain’s most highly sought-after wines. At this time, Juan Peñagaricano Akutain was an engineer in nearby Basque Country, and he developed personal relationships with many Rioja bodegas and spent time tasting and learning in the region. These experiences gave him the confidence to plant his first vineyard in 1975, located five kilometers west of Haro at Rioja’s epicenter. With a desire to work in the château style, Juan acquired a horse stable adjacent to the vineyard and converted it into a small bodega. Akutain has been making wine here in this small but highly functional bodega ever since, with the goal of controlling the process from vineyard to bottle. The goal is to produce wines in the traditional style set forth by the grand bodegas, but on a much smaller scale, and most importantly to singularly reflect the wind-swept, high elevation terruño of Rioja Alta.
Today the property comprises 6.5 hectares of four distinct vineyard plots, all estate-owned and located in the Rioja Alta subzone, ranging from 25 to 40 years of age. Juan’s son, Jon Peñagaricano, handles the day-to-day operations, with conversion to organic viticulture underway. Harvesting is by hand, all fermentations are with natural yeasts in fiberglass vats (with no temperature control), and all aging is in used American oak. The bottles are aged for a significant amount of time in natural caves that the Akutains built under the first vineyard they planted back in 1975.
The Akutain “Cosecha” is made of mostly Tempranillo with Garnacha, fermented in fiberglass vats with native yeasts, and matured for a short time in the same fiberglass vats. Pair this wine with a variety of tapas or your favorite chili recipe.
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