Castillo Labastida Reserva 2014
- Year 2014
D.O. Ca. Rioja
Time in Barrel
Suggested temperature for serving
70% american oak, 30% french oak
Established in 1964 in the same Rioja village as Manuel Quintano, the 18th century monk who brought Bordeaux wine-ageing techniques to Spain, Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida continues this pioneering spirit in winegrowing. Yet, even with brand new fa- cilities, stocked with the latest wine-making technology, it is Labastida’s vineyards that distinguish this winery above others.
The 500-plus hectares are nestled between the banks of the Ebro River and the foot of the Sierra Cantabria mountains in one of the most unique and privileged areas in all of Rioja. The vines are protected from the Atlantic wind and rain while enjoying warm air currents brought from the Mediterranean by the Ebro. The result is the ideal proportion of precipitation with warm days and cool nights, making Labastida’s vineyards some of the best in Rioja.
- Colour A highly intense and deep core of dark cherry with a pinkish edge. Bright and clean.
- Nose Complex, with good intensity. Over a background of ripe fruit, it shows notes of cocoa, wild fruit (dark cherries), and a touch of mint. As it stays in the glass, mineral and balsamic notes begin to arise. The wood is well integrated.
- Palate Full of flavour on the attack with a base of wild ripe berries as the principal sensation, similar to a mix of jam, candy and marinated plums. Pleasant tannins and a silky smooth finish.
- Food pairing Pairs well with poultry, casseroles, red meats, lamb roasts and cured cheeses.