One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important cornerstone in the history of winemaking. One of the unique elements of the winery, which has been adopted throughout the region is building their own barrels, using only oak from French wine barrels.
The scent of burnt earth and sage are framed with sweet cherry and liquorice. The palate is fresh and vibrant, moving slowly toward graphite and lead pencil. An old-school element of balsamic is in the background, but never interferes with the prettiness that is evoked in this wine.