Michel Rolland, surely the world’s most renowned French winemaker, and Javier Galarreta – the Spanish Wine Visionary – have done it again; they have crafted another great Rioja Alavesa wine for the R&G range in addition to the existing Rioja, Ribera and Rueda wines. As one of the most influential winemakers in the world, Michel Rolland has worked with winegrowers across 13 countries and has influenced many aspects of both the French and global wine industry.
Selected grapes are grown by Bodegas y Viñedos Labastida from superb vineyard plots of an average age of 60+ years and high altitude around the village of Labastida, the cradle of Rioja Alavesa. From these old plots totalling only 8 hectares, wine is made and laid down to age in 132 barrels of the best new American oak. Only the very best selection of these barrels, approximately 100 only in total, are earmarked to be blended and to create this new Rolland Galarreta wine – the new, exclusive and limited release Rolland Galarreta Esencia.
“Esencia” in Spanish means “Of The Essence”, this wine is the essence of old vine Tempranillo. The secret of Esencia is the quality of the selected fruit, thereafter the best and most careful winemaking is applied to craft this “gem”. Two cultures and two different winemaking styles but a common goal brought together this premium project that believes in Spain´s excellent terroir to make great quality wines with real projection in the international markets.
This wine starts out with lovely deep dark cherry red color in the glass. Opening to ripe and concentrated fruit aromas, with mineral and spice traces, and notes of blackberry and blueberry jam wrapped in creamy oak and tones of toffee and café au lait. Concentrated and fatty in the center, well-balanced and sweet with fine tannin. Very long and expressive, leaving a clear impression of the character of the terroir.