This is a very special vintage. Our wine shows a new and beautiful label, a great job by the prestigious German agency Ruska Martín Associates. A tribute to the beautiful gardens of our house in Irache, designed by our great-grandfather more than 100 years ago.
Vineyard: 100% Estate owned by Pago de Larrainzar, 17 Ha.
Harvest: Merlot: 10/14/10; Garnacha 10/27/10; Cabernet Sauvignon 10/29/10; Tempranillo: 10/28/10.
Blend: Merlot 50%, Cabernet Sauvignon 30%, Tempranillo 10%, Garnacha 10%.
Time in oak: 12 months in French oak barrels. Brand new barrels: 55%
Bottling date: September 2012
Pago de Larrainzar is more than a wine. It is the soul of our family and a tribute to this beautiful house and its gardens, where the Larrainzar family has lived for the last 160 years.
This is the first brand we ever produced and the one we feel better represents the house style. After being harvested by hand, the different varieties and plots are vinified and aged separately using the best French oak barrels. Only then we create the final blend, to achieve a perfect balance, where the fruit always plays the leading role. A complex blending exercise.
It is sleek and polished, nuanced after almost five years in bottle; it keeps good balance between fruit and tertiary aromas and character. The palate reveals fully resolved tannins and good acidity that helps to lift it up. It’s aging very nicely.
Color: ruby red, clean and shiny. Middle-high layer.
Nose: clean, with clear aromas of its aging in barrel, as pipe tobacco, cocoa and clean wood. Later, you will find a new range of aromas, more mature and complex: dry plum, blackberry jam, moist soil, shrub, dry thyme and forest, showing its place of birth.
Mouth: dry, with flowing and cool passage. It opens in the center of the mouth and displays notes of ripe fruit, wood, truffle. It is surprising how the flavor gains power while you drink it. There is still a slightly dry, sensation, almost earthy, but it ends smoothly and round.
Production: 10,296 bottles.
Alcohol: 14 .5 % Vol
Color intensity: 9,7 Units.
Total Acidity: 4.8 g/l
Volatile Acidity: 0. 46 g/l