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Lindes de Remelluri "Viñedos de Labastida" Rioja '20
"Labastida is an ancient settlement dating back to neolithic times that subsequently became a key fortified medieval town. Labastida is the most important wine village in Rioja, playing a pivotal historic role in the development of regional viticulture. The first archeological records of winemaking in the region lie in the mountain vineyards of Labastida in ancient stone lagars carved out of vineyard boulders. In modern times, it was Labastida resident Manuel Quintano (1756-1818) who was the first winemaker to introduce the Bordeaux winemaking style to Rioja.
The highest elevation vineyards in Rioja are located in Labastida, consisting mostly of south-facing small plots in the foothills of the Sierra de Toloño mountains, which protect them from the cold and humidity of the Cantabrian Sea to the north. Located at the northern end of the Basque Rioja Alavesa sub-appellation on the left bank of the Ebro river, Labastida is influenced by the cool Atlantic climate providing substantial seasonal and diurnal shifts in temperature, with typically warm, dry summers. Harvest often takes place in late September and early October.
Lindes Viñedos de Labastida is a selection of 15.4ha divided between eight growers and 28 small plots, which express the peculiarities of this municipality, the birthplace of many of the most important wines in the history of Rioja. The vineyards range in altitude from 440m to 710m, offering a gorgeously perfumed expression of tempranillo. The cooler, rockier, and higher elevation sites in Labastida produce a wine lower in alcohol but higher in acidity and tannins than that of neighboring San Vicente de la Sonsierra."
"The Lindes collection comes alternately in Bordeaux and Burgundy bottles, depending on the amount of Garnacha in the wine, with a Burgundian bottle for the wines with more Garnacha. The new 2020 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida is made with grapes from 11 grape growers in the village with different lieux-dits ranging from 440 to 710 meters above sea level, and the final blend was 89% Tempranillo, 6% Graciano and 5% Garnacha. The winemaking and aging were similar for all the wines to highlight the differences from the places, in this case, the character of Labastida, which is more floral and with more finesse than San Vicente, more serious, more delicate but not without clout. This has 14.12% alcohol. This is the largest cuvée with 77,264 bottles. It was bottled in April 2022. 94 Points, Luís Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate"
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