Location, Soil, Climate: The fifteen vineyard parcels that go into the making of this great expression of Rioja Alta (Zone 3) are located in two distinct towns, Briones and Arenzana, both sited at approximately 568 meters elevation. In Briones, the soils are thin red clay and sandy limestone with small particles of thin clay. In Arenzana the soils are sandy with alluvial sediment. The climate conditions of this area are very beneficial to wine growing. The average temperature from April-October is 61.5ºF with 18.3 inches of yearly rainfall. The moderately warm days and cool nights of this Continental Atlantic climate forces the grapes to ripen slowly, resulting in wines that show brighter aromas and more fruit flavors.
Raspberry, candied cherry and white pepper aromas show good energy and a hint of smokiness. Slightly jammy on the palate, offering an array of red and dark berry flavors that become spicier with air. Finishes juicy and tight, with subtle tannins and a touch of licorice.
The fresh, pure character of 'Cortijo' Tinto makes this an extremely versatile wine to pair with food. This wine pairs well with white meats like pork and chicken and flaky fish like hake, cod or flounder. This has the fruit and acidity to match with red meats, as well.