Made from old vine Grenache grown on the cool upland plateau of Campo de Borja, between Rioja and Catalonia, the “Seleccion” is specially selected to emphasize bright, ripe fruit and cool, perfumed aromatics, without any oak influence. There is also a notable mineral complexity imbued by the red rocky soils of the region. Given the underlying old vine richness of this cuvee, pricing is a real steal.
This area is known for viticulture since the Middle Ages, when the land belonged to the nearby large monastery of Veruela. The Santo Cristo co-op was officially founded in 1956, and is now one of the best in Spain, with modern equipment including state-of-the-art bottling line, cool underground cellars, skilled winemakers and a dynamic young MD. One of the reasons it runs so well is that although they have 900 hectares of vineyards and 700 member growers, 80 percent of the vineyards belong to just 30 growers, so it has been easier to get high-quality practices into place.
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