Caudex Reserva Rioja is a wine from La Rioja,region of Spain
,Spain's top wine region and certainly the most famous. The Rioja vineyards, tracing the course of the Ebro river, are sheltered from cold and atlantic influence by the north and west mountains.This is a significant factor in the local climate, which is warmer and drier than in the northern areas. The region's soils vary from place to place, with the finest containing high levels of limestone. All red Rioja is matured in new oak barrels; American oak is prefered, but many wineries use a mix of American and French oak. This contact with virgin oak is what gives Rioja wines their distinctive notes of coconut, vanilla and sweet spices. The amount of time that a Rioja wine spends in barrel dictates whether it is categorized as Joven, Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva. Although the Rioja's vineyards focus very strongly on producing wines in the regional style, and for sale under the Rioja DO appellation title, other styles of wine are also produced here. The most notable of these, and perhaps the most unexpected, are sparkling wines – not something with which Rioja is usually associated
The Tempranillo grape is the most famous grape of the Iberian Peninsula and the raw material to produce the world-renowned Spanish Rioja wine.The Tempranillo grape is called so in the regions of Rioja and Navarre, but takes many other local names: Cencibel in the Channel area, Ull de Llebre in Catalonia, Tinta del Pais in Ribera del Duero. The Tempranillo grape variety is well adapted to relatively cold regions of northern Spain. Altitude and sunshine added to a continental climate are the best factors to keep a nice acidity, velvety tannins and elegance in the final production. Cool temperature indeed gives to Tempranillo wines a bit of acidity due to its ability to absorb potassium from the soil through its roots. Deep red in its youth, the wine evolves towards more tawny color with aging, giving fruity, floral notes and sometimes a hint of licorice. This variety is well suited to mature in oak barrels; the micro oxygenation permitted by the wood amplifies the qualities of this grape.
Graciano(20%) Red grape varietal which gives very appreciated wines. Unfortunately, because of its low yields, Graciano is well less planted than in the past, replaced by more prolific plants. However, it can still be found in the Rioja and Navarre areas, in Argentina, in California and in the South of France where it is called Morastell. These vines grow well in a dry and hot area, giving deep-colored berries charged in aromas. Young wines made from Graciano are tough and tannic but they develop in an extraordinary way with aging, displaying notes of red and black fruits with hints of spices. It is used traditionnally blended with Tempranillo in the famous wines from Rioja and Navarre, but more and more producers are experiencing wines from 100% Graciano, regognized for being a great success.
Old Vineyards selected from different areas in La Rioja.