The renowned Master of Wine, journalist and wine expert, Tim Atkin , has recently published his latest report on the Rioja Qualified Denomination of Origin, after a tasting of more than 1,200 samples from 266 producers: “The most diverse and exciting sample of Rioja that I have been able to taste to date”.
In the “Rioja 2021 Special Report” it differentiates several categories, among them the one dedicated to Reserves, a specialty of Bodega Altanza, with 5 wines of this category in its portfolio. Of all of them, the British prescriber has praised “LeAltanza Sorolla Reserva 2010” as one of the TOP Reservations in La Rioja, a group in which only 9 of these wines have entered.
His evaluations and tasting notes , highlights aspects such as “a great Reserve of an excellent vintage that continues to improve in the bottle “, and Atkin continues, “It is floral, attractive, delicate and complex, with very fine tannins, fresh acidity and a special sweet aroma combined with tasty ripe red fruits. Very impressive.”
And indeed, Sorolla, “a wine with a lot of light” . it is characterized by being a fine and elegant wine . Its main characteristics include “its intense cherry color, an intense garnet with scarlet edges (middle layer). Its 18 months of aging in new French oak barrels make the wine present very elegant toasts, fine vanilla and spicy memories. On the palate it is silky, velvety and persistent ”.
A luxury for the senses with which it is intended to evoke the painting and the style of the artist that permeates the bottle, Joaquín Sorolla, the painter of light , who put the techniques of impressionism at the service of the Mediterranean landscape. Specifically, the labels reproduce three of the most representative paintings by the Valencian artist: “Walk on the shores of the sea” (1909), “Nadadores” (1919) and “Jardín de la casa Sorolla” (1919).
Bodegas Altanza thus pays its particular tribute to Sorolla as it did in previous editions with Miró, Dalí, Gaudí and Goya. “The collection of Spanish Artists are wines for the most demanding, intrepid and romantic”. In fact, this recognition joins others such as 95 Decanter points, the 93 p. in the Peñín Guide and the 91 points of Robert Parker.