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 sourced from old vines that are 50+ years in age. Aged for 5 months in oak barrels.
Tasting Notes: Dark garnet in colour with aromas of red berries, pencil lead and a trace of earthy funk. Pomegranate, cherry, red currant, blackberry and plum are complimented by silky tannins and fresh acidity. Peppery spice, tobacco and fruit span the dry, lengthy finish. Easy drinking and easy to pair with a wide variety of dishes.
Paring Suggestions from the Winery: A great match for grilled vegetables, creamy rice dishes, pastas, white meats and soft or lightly aged cheeses.
Bottled at the Property by Bodegas Carlos Serres S.L.
$10 [average price]
Enjoy now thru 2019
Rated 92 points by James Suckling
Sample submitted for editorial consideration.