Aticus
 Rioja (Spain)

The Estate
Bodegas Altos del Marqués follows the tradition started by the Cerrolaza family years ago by creating a small bodega adjacent to the family house in Hornos del Moncalvillo. Built in a "chateau" style, this winery belongs to an exclusively family limited liability company, Bodegas Altos del Marqués S.L, and it´s located in the outskirts of Logroño, surrounded by its own vineyards.

The Cerrolaza family have concentrated their efforts on making a modern high-quality viticulture. In order to obtain the best possible grapes, they apply the latest technology to remove vigour from the vine-stocks and de-leaf the vines. Ensuring that the quality of the grape is the basis for the quality of the wine, the Cerrolaza family focuses on their terrain using the latest technology as the only way of obtaining and guaranteeing great wines. As a result, they obtain wines with identity, and with an expression of their own vineyards.

PRODUCTION PROCESS
T
he winery applies the latest vinification technology. They have stainless steel tanks of different sizes, from the smallest ones, having a capacity of 1,000 and 1,500 litres, to the intermediate of 9,500 and 10,400 litres, suitable for the separate wine production process of the highest quality plots. Their biggest tanks are 25,000; 42,750 and 53,000 litres used for blends and the large vineyard plots.





AGEING IN BARRELS AND BOTTLES
 In the barrel cellar there lie 900 French and American oak barrels with a capacity of 225 litres per barrel. One third of the barrels is renewed each year, so there is always a third which is brand new, another third which is one year old, and the final third being two years old. Once the ageing in barrels is complete, the wine is bottled and stored in metal crates for a perfect balance between fruit and oak. Both the barrel and the bottle cellars are air-conditioned for temperature control purposes.
The Vineyards
The winery owns 43.5 Hectares (107.4 acres) of vineyard distributed among several areas. In each of these areas the winery´s vineyards are divided into different plots, depending on the grape variety, antiquity of the vineyard, type of soil, orientation, etc. This separation allows the grapes to be separated in the production phase. As for the harvest, the grapes are picked by hand, using 15kg (33.06 pounds) crates for the best-quality plots, from which the best wines are obtained.
Pago de La Grajera (La Grajera-Logroño)
This plot is by the new winery. It measures 14 Hectares (34.5 acres) and is 100% Tempranillo planted between 1987 and 1990. The soil contains clay with soft hillsides and midday orientation.


Pago El Tiro (La Grajera-Logroño)
The soil type is calcareous and clay-like, planted in 1989. It measures 1.5 Hectares. (2.6 acres) All hillside in orientation. The vines are near La Grajera.


Pago Cerro del Prior y Peñalogroño (Yagüe)

Planted in 1990 these two plots together measure 8 Hectares or 19.76 acres. 100% Tempranillo planted on wire.
Pago de Valondo y La Isla (El Cortijillo)

With an extension of 5 Hectares (12.35 acres) these two plots of the variety Tempranillo and Graciano, lying in a flat area, were planted using wires between 1994 and 1995. The soil is pebbly, orientated towards the rising sun.
Pagos de La Llana, Valdomé, El Cerrillo, La Selva,Valvarión, Valvendía, El Valle, La Pedrera, Cerro de San Cristóbal, Las Arenas, Cerrosotés, Los Pradillos, el Río y Santolín (Hornos de Moncalvillo)

In the municipality of Hornos de Moncalvillo, origin of the Cerrolaza family, there lie the most ancient vineyards cultivated by three generations of the family. The total extension of these plots is 15 Has.(37.06 acres) of which 90% are bush vines and an average age between 40 and 50 years old, though one of them is 80 years old. The remaining 10% are vines growing on wires and was planted in 1987. The varieties in these plots are Tempranillo (85%), robe (10%) and Mazuelo (5%). These vineyards lie between 550 and 700 metres high on a very steep hillside with pebbly soil. The climate is typical of mountain areas, with a great variation in temperature between day and night.(Diurnal Swing)







The Wine


Shelf talkers / Case card


Shelf talkers / Case card






#S0EE230002TPM
UPC code: 7 84585 01234 3
2009 Aticus, Rioja, Crianza  6/750ml
Made from 100% Tempranillo. The average age of the vines is 25 years.
Thinning out of the leaves and green harvest in Summer. Manual harvest.
Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days.
Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 23 days.
The wine is aged in American oak barrels (Missouri & Appalachian area) for 12 months. Clarification for 21 days with egg fining. Filtration.
Dark cherry color. Complex and intense aromas of juicy red and black fruit combined with vanilla and toffee. Fresh, ample and round in the mouth, well balanced and harmonious with fruit flavors and ripe tannins.

"Saturated ruby. Aromas and flavors of dark cherry, blackcurrant and vanilla, with a hint of peppery spices lending vivacity. Sappy and expansive, with strong finishing cut, gentle tannins and lingering spiciness. This wine has the depth to age"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2012), 90 pts

#S0EE230001TPM
UPC code: 7 84585 01234 3
2008 Aticus, Rioja, Crianza  12/750ml
Made from 100% Tempranillo. The average age of the vines is 25 years.
Thinning out of the leaves and green harvest in Summer. Manual harvest.
Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days.
Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 23 days.
The wine is aged in American oak barrels (Missouri & Appalachian area) for 12 months. Clarification for 21 days with egg fining. Filtration.
Dark cherry color. Complex and intense aromas of juicy red and black fruit combined with vanilla and toffee. Fresh, ample and round in the mouth, well balanced and harmonious with fruit flavors and ripe tannins.

#S0EE230000TPM
UPC code: 7 84585 01234 3
2006 Aticus, Rioja, Crianza  12/750ml
Made from 100% Tempranillo. The average age of the vines is 25 years.
Thinning out of the leaves and green harvest in Summer. Manual harvest.
Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 15 days.
Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 23 days.
The wine is aged in American oak barrels (Missouri & Appalachian area) for 12 months. Clarification for 21 days with egg fining. Filtration.
Dark cherry color. Complex and intense aromas of juicy red and black fruit combined with vanilla and toffee. Fresh, ample and round in the mouth, well balanced and harmonious with fruit flavors and ripe tannins.

"Attractive aromas of chocolate cherry fudge and vanilla buttercream with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tangy apple, cedar, pickle, and tapenade accented finish. A nice table wine to pair with roasted meats." - Beverage Testing Institute, 88 pts - Highly Recommended

WORLD WINE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARD: Silver Medal


National Retail Price: $18.99 / bottle