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Altos de la Guardia Reserva 2016

Rioja DOCa

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  • 92pts, blindtasted.com (Andreas Larsson), 2020
  • Gold, Berliner Wein Trophy, 2020
  • Gold, Mundus Vini - Spring Tasting, 2020
  • Gold, Catavinum World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2020
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards, 2020
  • 87pts, Decanter Magazine, 2020
  • Silver, Concurso Mundial de Tempranillos, 2020
  • 89pts, Guía de Vinos Monovarietales de España, 2020
  • Silver, China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2020
  • 92pts, Tasted 100% Blind, Andreas Larsson, 2020
  • 93pts, Tim Atkin, Rioja Special Report, 2020
  • Bronze, Decanter Asia Wine Awards, 2020
  • Grand Gold, Berliner Wein Trophy, 2020
  • 92pts, James Suckling, 2020

A lavish, well structured Rioja Reserva from top winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua’s boutique winery. Using superb quality Tempranillo from high altitude, 40 to 80 year old vines, the wine has elegance, intense fruit and structure. Five Golds to its name!

A lavish, well structured Rioja Reserva from top winemaker Jean-Marc Sauboua’s boutique winery. Using superb quality Tempranillo from high altitude, 40 to 80 year old vines, the wine has elegance, intense fruit and structure. Five Golds to its name!

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Lush cherry and raspberry with lavish toasted oak on the finish

Aroma

Intense cherry and cranberry fruit with notes of cedar and clove

Altos de la Guardia Reserva 2016

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  • 15.0% ABV
  • 11.25 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2036

The elegance and intensity of this wine come from the hand picked Tempranillo grapes that are grown at 700 metres altitude on old vines. The vineyards chill down at night, even in summer, thereby lengthening the ripening period and enhancing aromatics and depth of flavour. Add in the expertise and classic training of Jean-Marc Sauboua, who started his training at First Growth Château Haut Brion, and it’s no surprise Altos wines have won many top awards. For this fine 2016 he blended the best cuvées of the vintage to achieve a perfect balance of fruit and spice, then aged the wine for two years in nearly all French oak, one third of which was new. With its dark cherry and plum flavours and toasty oak, the Reserva is superb with game or lamb.

"A fresh and bright red with blueberry, blackberry and stone aromas and flavors. Medium body. Tight" James Suckling
92 points
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