Morrell & Co. Wine Catalog

FALL 2016

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156 sp A in i t's from within the walls of this 14th century fortress that the grapes for Cerrado del Castillo are grown. As a winery, Castillo de Cuzcurrita organically farms over 25 hectares of grapes for r ioja, but the fruit that they pull from their alluvial, stony soils within the castle walls is truly special. i n this region of the r ioja Alta, the severe weather can often damage vines and fruit, while also creating a unique microclimate that adds complexity. Yet, within the walls of the Castillo de Cuzcurrita, their vines enjoy protection from the elements while also benefitting from the diverse climatic changes. e ach vine is tended to by hand to assure the best quality of fruit. i n the cellar, the Cerrado del Castillo r iserve undergoes aging in only partially new oak, as the goal here is purity of fruit and the communication of both regional and vintage character. ✦ Castillo de Cuzcurrita Rioja Cerrado del Castillo Riserve 2009 JR 93 » $74 "An explosively perfumed bouquet... s weet, seamless and energetic in the mouth... berry notes linger impressively on a long, seamless finish that features soft tannins and repeating spiciness." (1631028) p uri T y a bove a ll e lse In the westernmost part of the the Rioja Alta, we find the Castillo de Cuzcurrita.

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