Producer: Casa La Rad
Type: Red wine
Intense cherry red in colour. Highly aromatic nose with caramel, blackcurrant, cherry, violets and resinous notes. On the palate, this is a broad and powerful wine with good structure and well-balanced tannins.
Solarce combines well with all sorts of red and white meats, and Mediterranean dishes like rice.
Solarce wines are made of estate-grown grapes harvested from the 100 hectares of vineyard in the village of Ausejo in DOCa Rioja. The grapes are selected in the field and later in the cellar, before going into stainless steel tanks to be fermented. The wine undergoes a further malolactic fermentation in wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks, before going into 225 litre French and American oak barrels where it is aged for 8 months before release.
About the producer
The Casa la Rad vineyard and winery sits just southeast of the city of Logroño in the middle of the Rioja region. The 100 or so hectares are a mixture of free-standing bush and trellised vines, planted across a variety of plots with different soil types, orientations and altitudes. The estate is part of the Ocón valley which joins the Sierra de Hez mountains – part of the central Iberian range - to the south and the Ebro river to the north, which means the vines are planted at between 600 and 750 metres above sea level making for cooler temperatures and fresher growing conditions. Under the watchful eye of winemaker Marta Gallego, who has worked at various well-known bodegas including the famous Muga, the winery’s focus is on extracting the maximum expression of fruit and terroir from traditional Riojan varieties like Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano or Viura.