The brother Frias del Val (Gabriel and Vicente) are fourth generation winemakers from the cillage of Villabuena in Rioja Alavesa. They are firm believers in the careful selection and gentle handing and pressing of their grapes to ensure the best possible quality. They invested in a new winery in 2000 and are starting to experiment with a barrel maturation lengths and blends of different parcels of land. My highlight from the visit was an excellent lunch of lamb cooked on an outside fire made with vine cuttings. Fantastic stuff!
A young full bodied and fruity Joven (unoaked young wine) with lovely classic raspberry Rioja flavours and a good finish. 100% Tempranillo. Drink: Now to 2014 Drink with: BBQs, tapas, cured meats, cheeses.
Full bodied wine with blackberry and cherry notes and a good structure. 100% Tempranillo from hand picked grapes matured in new oak barrels for 13 months. Bring on the jamon and cheese! Drink: Now to 2015 Drink with: Cured meats, red meats, cheeses.
"A juicily scrumptious blend of Syrah, Grenache and old vine Carignan made by wild boar shooting Michel Depaule." JONATHAN RAY Saint Chinian EdT