This exceptional wine is produced from our family’s oldest vineyard - Pago Sanchomartín. Within this vineyard sits a small parcel of less than one hectare in size that was grafted in 1964 that is the source of Malleolus de Sanchomartín. The soils in this parcel are intensely chalky, sitting at a northern exposure with slightly higher elevation that provides more acidity and minerality than Valderramiro. The wines that result from the Sanchomartín plot are elegant and refined, with tremendous ageability.
This wine is composed of 100% Tinto Fino that is fermented in stainless steel for 28 days before secondary, malolactic fermentation in French oak for 30 days. After fermentation is completed, the wine is then further aged in French oak for a minimum of 18 months before bottling.
2017 was a powerful vintage of this wine, highlighting the complexity of the terroir of the vineyard. It is a bright cherry in color with an intense nose of black fruits, blackberry, plum that further reveal secondary flavors of spice, balsamic and herbs that are amplified by the presence of French oak on the nose and palate. There is a sweetness to this vintage that is balanced with bright acidity, silky tannins in the texture and a fullness that all indicate long cellaring possibility.
2017 vintage is yet to be reviewed. Our 2016 vintage received 96 points, Vinous Media : “Brilliant violet. An explosively perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla, exotic spices, cola and potpourri. Deeply concentrated and broad on the palate but shows unlikely energy as well, thanks to a core of juicy acidity. Boysenberry, cherry liqueur, spicecake and mocha flavors display outstanding clarity and pick up a smoky nuance on the back half. Rounded, well-judged tannins frame the finish, which hangs on with superb, mineral- and floral-driven tenacity.” – Josh Raynolds