Lucía Victoria Selección - 2020 Rioja Alavesa
PRODUCER: Bodegas Valdelacierva
LOCATION: Rioja, Avala
APPELLATION: D.O.C. Rioja
VARIETALS: 100% Tempranillo from two vineyard plots (Fincas Valmayor y Peñagudo) with sand and clay soils over limestone.
AGING: 8 months in American oak barrels
ALCOHOL: 14% Alc.
RATING: 91 Pts. James Suckling
Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, Spain. It is situated to the north of the River Ebro. The ash-colored Cantabrian mountains dominate the landscape here, towering over the zone to the north. It is the closest of the three sub-zones to the Atlantic Ocean and thus the one most influenced by its cooling effects. The soil on the slopes and terraces where the vines are grown is rich in chalky clay and limestone, resulting in wines that are characterful and rich in extract. Annual rainfall is 20 inches on average, which forces the roots to burrow deep into the soil in search of water.