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"Sierra de Tolono 2012 shows intense color with dark violet and red tones. Aromas of blackberry and violets compliment the delicate notes of chocolate and barrel toast. Fresh fruit flavors deliver elegance while the generous palate is balanced perfectly with natural acidity. Sweet and round tannins lead to a long and well deserved finish." -Winery VINTAGE: "The 2012 season was long and dry with a lack of spring rains. The lack of rain reduced the size of the crop by approximately 30% producing grapes with small berries and more concentration of flavours which were ideal for winemaking. Due to the high skin ratio, natural tannin, colour and flavour were present which has produced a wine rich in complexity which gives a great expression of terroir." -Winery WINERY: "After working her way around wineries in Bordeaux, Chianti Classico, Marlborough, California and Priorato, Sandra Bravo Marin returned home to La Rioja to make a single vineyard, natural wine. Located in Labastida at 650m, the vineyard is one of the highest in Rioja, and is protected from the northern winds by the winery's namesake, Sierra de Tolono." "The conditions of the vineyard, including its north/south orientation, calcareous clay soil, altitude and moderate rainfall allow the fruit to ripen gradually, retaining its natural acidity while allowing sugar to accumulate slowly. Practicing biodynamics, Marin harvests, racks and bottles on dates that are determined by the moon. Hand harvested, the Tempranillo grapes are then placed into small concrete tanks and left to cold soak at low temperatures for a number of days before fermenting with natural yeast and being punched down daily. Without filtering or fining, the wine is bottled after spending six months in French oak barrels." -Importer [+]