Baigorri Reserva 2005
18 months in French oak
Wine Advocate, 94 points. International Wines & Spirits Competition 2010, Best Tempranillo Trophy. New Wave Spanish Awards 2010, Best Red £10+.
The Artisan Collection
The herbal, minty nose derives from the very character of Tempranillo, as well as from the American oak barrels used for the wine’s aging. The wine’s nose is rich, even approaching overripe aromas. In the mouth, it’s a very different animal: toast, red cherry, red currants, and spices. Drink soon or in the next couple of years.
The 100% Tempranillo grapes for this Reserva are hand-selected using vibration and sorting tables, and stalks are removed from the grapes without squeezing them. Pumping-over is natural; we use gravity in order to achieve the best extraction of polyphenols. Malolactic fermentation then takes place in French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 18 months in French oak barrels before it is clarified and bottled without any type of filtration.
About the Winery
At Bodegas Baigorri, gravity drives the wine elaborating process. Built 105 feet underground, the winery uses the most rigorous methods selecting grapes by hand and harnessing gravity to avoid the use of pumps or mechanical methods of any kind that might damage the grapes or the wine. The winery is as much a work of art as the wines it produces and is one of the landmark buildings in Rioja Alavesa.