Rioja – Gotas de Santurnia
Las Gotas (the drops) is sourced from La Torca, a vineyard with vines approximating 80 to 100 years of age, all gobelet trained and dry-farmed. As they are not replaced when they die, this wine will soon cease to exist. The wine is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months. Expressive and mineral nose, ripe fruits that translate to the palate, powerful tannins. 1000 bottles produced.
About the Producer
Bodegas Ramon de Ayala is located in the tiny town (about 250 people) of Brinas, in Rioja Alta. Established in the northwest of Rioja between the mountain of Toloño (part of the mountain chain of Sierra de Cantabria) and the left margin of the Ebro river, Briñas is a privileged village for vine cultivation. It is 3 km from Haro (Rioja Alta) and another 3 km from Labastida (Rioja Alavesa).
The domaine is a five generation family property that was created in 1853 by Tomas de Ayala. The winery now owns 30 hectares of vineyards in Rioja Alta (Briñas, Haro and Rodezno) and Alavesa (Labastida). Most of the vineyards (80%) are planted with Tempranillo. The rest is used to grow Viura, Mazuelo, Garnacha and Graciano. The oldest vineyard was planted in 1920, and most of the vineyards are 30 to 40 year old.The total production is around 18,000 cases.
In 1985, a new functional winery was created. It has 4700sf of underground facilities, equipped with stainless steel tanks and 500 liters barrels. The old bodega, which has a two story underground wine cave, is now used for aging homemade Cava.
Today the Bodega is run by Gonzalo (the agronomist, in charge of the vineyards) and his uncle Ramon (the oenologist, in charge of the winemaking).
Farming practices: organic. Will spray sulfur if needed.