The communue of Manchuela is located in the foothills of mountains in the far east of Castilla La Mancha. Moderate summer days and cold autumn nights courtesy of the region’s high altitude result in elegant wines with intensely flavours and nicely balanced structure and tannin.
Altacena was created by Riojan winemaker Javier Murua as an authentic expression of modern Spanish Tempranillo, nicely balancing varietal structure and red berried flavours with an approachable character and versatility with food. Altacena is a local colloquial word and the name of the original vineyard the wines was sourced from. It translate as “High Plate” and refers to the very flat, high altitude plain on which the vineyard is located.
A delectably expressed tempranillo, the intensely aromatic nose shows black/blueberry, mixed berry compote, cocoa, toasted nut and subtle spice characters. The palate is concentrated and supple, and delivers excellent fruit purity as well as seductive savoury notes, wonderfully complemented by silky tannins. This is sumptuous and delicious. At its best: now to 2020. Rating: 5 Stars; 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit