Akutain Rioja Cosecha 2019
Bodega Akutain is old school: super traditional Rioja aged in American oak with all fruit from estate vineyards. Harvesting is by hand, all fermentations are with natural yeasts in fiberglass vats (with no temperature control), and all aging is in used American oak. Due to the small size of the cellar, they do not rack the wine from barrel to barrel, but rather decant the wine periodically out and then back into the same barrel. Akutain Cosecha is comprised of mostly Tempranillo with a small percentage Garnacha, hand-harvested from the family parcels, fermented in fiberglass vats with native yeasts and a short maceration, and raised over winter in fiber glass vats before being bottled without filtration or fining. This is a delicious wine to pair with a variety of Tapas, and a pure example of Rioja Alta terroir.