Finca Egomei Alma DOCa 2005 (Rioja, Spain) "...black fruit, licorice, powerful..."
"Egomei" - red dry wine from the wine region of Rioja. Grapes of Tempranillo and Graciano cultivars are grown in the hills at an altitude of 340 meters above sea level. Age of vines - 30-40 years. The grapes are collected manually in small boxes. Grapes are sorted on vibrating tablets, destibrated and crushed. The wort is fermented for 14 days in steel containers with a volume of 12,000 liters. The wort is mixed daily for better extraction of color and tannins. Then the wine is aged 14 months in barrels of French oak and six months in bottles. Wine "Egomey" received a gold medal at the World Wine Competition from Tempranillo in Paris in 2008, a gold medal in the "Japan Wine Challenge" competition and a silver medal at the "Decanter" competition in 2009.
The property of the Beltran family, the winery "Egomei" is a beautiful estate with vineyards of 30 hectares, planted with vines of Tempranillo and Graciano varieties. The owners pay great attention to the vineyards, because they think that it is impossible to prepare a good wine if there is no good grapes. Vineyard care is carried out to obtain high-quality grapes, while the average yield per hectare is only 4000 kg. Since the Beltran family is very proud of their wines, they wanted to give the estate a name that describes their feelings. The name "Egomeia" means: "I'm very proud of what I do, and who I am." The winery "Egomei" is located in the south-eastern part of the Rioja region, one of the most rich in history, culture and nature of the wine regions.
"The luxury cuvee, the 2005 Egomei Alma is 75% Tempranillo and 25% Graciano also sourced from a single vineyard. It went through malolactic fermentation in new French oak with three months in contact with the lees and then spent 18 months in new French oak. A glass-staining saturated purple color; it reveals a superb aromatic array of pain grille, espresso roast, lavender, mineral, blackberry, and black cherry. Opulent on the palate, it is thick, rich, extracted, and intensely flavored. Gobs of spicy fruit conceal enough tannin to support 5-7 years of further cellaring. This hedonistic, lengthy Rioja will have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2025." - 93 Points, Wine Advocate