Alonso & Pedrajo Suane Rioja Reserva 2017


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The red 2017 Suañé Tinto Reserva was produced mostly with grapes from their main estate vineyard in Villalba de Rioja, from vines at 600+ meters in altitude, and some from Haro too. It was aged in used barrel for two years, looking for natural stabilization of the wine. It’s medium-bodied and has medium ripeness at 13% alcohol and a pH of 3.55, which means good freshness. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in open concrete pools with indigenous yeasts. It’s perfumed and floral, subtle and elegant, varietal and with a round and balanced palate that is juicy and makes you salivate, with fine-grained chalky tannins. A triumph over the adverse conditions of the year. 4,410 bottles were filled in June 2020. Drink: 2022-2027. 93 points

Alonso & Pedrajo (Javier Alonso, Alberto Pedrajo and their respective partners) are the new members of the Rioja’n’Roll group. In March 2022, they started building their own winery in Villalba de Rioja, where they have their main vineyard, La Cala, on a 4.8-hectare property where they have some old and new vines. They work mainly (70%) with grapes from the village, where they control some vineyards and the rest from Haro, Anguciana and Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón. They now produce around 25,000 bottles. They are also involved in the 220 Cántaras project (previously called Honorio Rubio).”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (07/22)