Letargo Rioja Crianza, Bodegas D.Mateos
Brand : Bodegas D.Mateos
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- Tempranillo/Tinta Roriz
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Letargo Rioja Crianza is full and rich. Notes of Prunes and aromas of toasted bread and vanilla, with a sweet, mineral and a long finish.
The Mateos project started more than three decades ago when the first vines were planted. Ever since then, they have been dreaming of the idea to create unique wines. The aim to transmit all the potential and personality of this unique environment.
Climate is typically continental with a Mediterranean influence. Hot, dry summers and cold winters.
A distinct characteristic of Rioja wine is the effect of oak aging. First introduced in the early 18th century by Bordeaux influenced winemakers. The use of oak and the pronounced vanilla flavours in the wines has been a virtual trademark of the region though some modern winemakers are experimenting with making wines less influenced by oak. Originally French oak was used but as the cost of the barrels increased many bodegas began to buy American oak planks. They would fashion them into barrels at Spanish cooperages in a style more closely resembling the French method. This included hand splitting the wood, rather than sawing, and allowing the planks time to dry and “season” in the outdoors versus drying in the kiln. In recent times, more bodegas have begun using French oak. Many will age wines in both American and French oak for blending purposes.