Located in Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, Bodegas Martínez Corta is a small family run winery that has benefited from the tireless efforts of four generations of grape growers. This family affair began with the planting of the first vines over 100 years ago on theslopes of the Ebro and Najerilla river banks, next to the San Asensio and Torremontalbo villages in Rioja, Spain. The Rioja region stretches over the three provinces crossed by the higher reaches of the River Ebro. The whole area enjoys the two very different influences of the Atlantic and Mediterranean which bring mild temperatures and plentiful annual rainfall that have created ideal conditions for vine-growing for centuries.
The grapes that are used to make the Soros wine are all hand picked from some of the oldest vines planted at the top of the hillside estate vineyards. The soils here are a mixture of limestone and clay, which is perfect for vine-growing and ensures low-yielding and high quality crops due to the dearth of nutrients in the soil. The vines also enjoy a south-facing exposure, which guarantees maximum sunlight. All of these factors, together with moderate amounts of rainfall, combine to produce amazing climatic conditions for the vines, from the vine roots to the grapes.
After harvest, the grapes are crushed, fermented with natural yeast, and aged in 80% new French Oak casks and 20% American Oak casks for a minimum of 16 months. After bottling, the wine must be aged for an additional year in the bottle before it can be released in accordance with Spanish law. The final assemblage of grapes is 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 10% Garnacha.
Wine critics have called this a "modern style" of Rioja due to its savory aromatics and powerful flavors of black cherry and blueberry. This wine has a great deal of complexity and structure which has benefitted from extra time in the bottle. Now, six years after bottling, we believe this wine is at its peak for enjoyment.
Decant for 15 minutes and enjoy with traditional Spanish cheeses and tapas like Manchego, Chorizo, Jason Iberico, and it will pair beautifully with the included recipe for the stuffed poblano peppers.