Estate: A pioneer in Rioja, Carlos [Charles] Serres left Bordeaux and founded one of the first wineries in the Haro area of Rioja in 1896. Fleeing phylloxera, Serres, an already famous French wine consultant, “found in Haro the perfect terroir to make Bordeaux style wines, with a climate and terrain which reminded him of the best terroirs in Bordeaux”. Merging French winemaking techniques with the Rioja terroir, Serres’ visionary approach focused on international export and was a phenomenal success. Forever changing the way wine was understood in the area, he remains “one of the key personalities in Rioja’s winemaking history”. Family owned and operated, with 150 acres of vineyards with an average vine age of over 30 years, it stands out as one of the few estates in the Rioja region that has been producing wine for over 100 years.
Winemaking: Hand-harvested grapes are from a select group of growers around Haro who have long-term, exclusive contracts with the estate. The vines average 10-20 years in age. The winery jointly manages the viticulture in these vineyards throughout the year to ensure maximum quality of fruit for these wines.
Tasting Notes: Light gold in colour with aromas of apple, lemon and traces of white blossoms. Crisp and airy with light flavours of apple and lemon complimented by fresh acidity. The dry, mineral driven finish adds to the overall sunny, breezy character.
Pairing Suggestions from the Winery: Fish, shellfish, smoked meats and many types of fresh and lightly aged cheeses.
85% Viura and 15% Tempranillo Blanco
Bottled at the Property by Carlos Serres S.L.
$10 [average price]
Sample submitted for editorial consideration.