Cariñena is a complicated variety that has to be closely monitored to ensure even ripeness. Anayón Cariñena relies on unparalleled site selection, defined by well-balanced, low-yield vines that produce concentrated fruit. Fermentation is carried out by gentle delestage (rack-and-return); after steeping in the grape pulp for over 25 days, it is put into new French and American barrels for 10 months. The result is a wine with great concentration and personality. It stands out because of its intense ruby red color, with violet hues more commonly found in a younger wine. The wine has great aromatic intensity, showing mineral notes of slate and graphite mixed with ripe fruit and floral, as well as spicy wood characteristics. Intense on the palate, it has mild tannins and acidity typical of the variety, making it very fresh, but long-lasting.
“The grapes are highly selected from a very old plot of Cariñena grapes fermented and macerated for 25 days and aged in French oak barrels for ten months. This is one of the few Cariñenas from Cariñena as the grape represents no more than 5% of the vineyards of the appellation. 4,944 bottles produced.” – 90 Points, Wine Advocate (2012 vintage)