2019 Heraclio Alfaro Crianza
Compañía de Vinos Heraclio Alfaro is located just a few kilometres away from the village of Alfaro in the east of La Rioja Both the winery and its ﬁrst wine are named after Heraclio Alfaro Fournier, a Spanish aviation pioneer who crossed borders and transcended barriers as both a pilot and a designer of airplanes and engines. In 1914, he was one of the youngest people in the world to earn the oﬃcial pilot’s title, and he made and flew the Alfaro I, the ﬁrst aircraft made entirely in Spain.
This wine is a blend of Garnacha, Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuela fermented in stainless steel tanks before ageing in French oak barrels for 12 months. Fruit is sourced from 2 vineyards located in the Rioja Oriental (East), a warmer and drier part of Rioja. The Garnacha component coming from very old, elevated vineyards located at 700m.
Deep black dark red colour with a dark red hue. Unfurling from the glass are ripe black cherry and liquorice aromas which are complimented by toasty oak, earthy leather and spice notes. Rich black cherry, liquorice and black raspberry fruits overlay a toasty oak, earth and spicy leather back drop. Plush and sensuous it has ripe chewy tannins and a long polished yet touch rustic finish.
Drink over the next 2-3 years.