Cepas Viejas, Rioja, 2009


A 100% Tempranillo cuvee from vines averaging 75 years old, aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months. This is showing plenty of secondary nuances and while it might not be the most refined wine in the world, it is one that provides huge drinking pleasure. There’s plenty going on here as sweet earth, wild plums, pipe tobacco, soy, cherry and spiced strawberries all come together on a palate held together by velvet tannins and a fine line of refreshing acidity.

Contains Sulphites.

About Luberri

Authenticity, honesty, independence, thoroughness.” Florentino Martinez Monje’s guiding principles are inherent in the carefully crafted, traditional wines he makes in Rioja’s Alavesa region. A self-made man, Florentino started off life as a grape supplier to Artadi, before deciding to set up his own winery in order to produce this range of wines. Few know as much about the region as he does, nor how to get the best out of the local vineyards. With an intimate understanding of the 32 hectares he farms, spread out over multiple parcels, vineyards are cultivated and then vinified for specific wines, a flower to bottle approach that gives these fine traditional Rioja’s an authenticity and clear sense of purpose. A farmer first and foremost, what makes these wines interesting is the great quality of fruit that comes out of the vineyards. Winemaking is traditional but precise, with a mixture of French and American oak barrels employed, and minimal racking, giving oak flavours that are present but not over-bearing. In treading a nice balance between traditional and modern, the Luberri output is Rioja at its most honest and satisfying.

Appellation: Rioja

Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.