Bodegas Urbina-3 June 2015
5.00 pm and we are tasting for the 2nd time today here in beautiful Rioja Alta.
This time we are welcomed at Bodegas Urbina by Pedro Benito Sáez. Again this is a family run vineyard going back several generations, started from a cave in the Village of Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón and after many transformations now is situated on the outskirts in a modern winery where the wine is made, stored and bottled ready for sale.
Pedro gave us a tour of the Bodega , explaining their individual method of wine making – every process is fine-tuned, even to the point of when the wine in the barrels needs to be cleared out to remove sediment, this process is carried out at a ‘ Full Moon ‘. The thinking behind this is the atmospheric pressure caused by a full moon is naturally at its highest and this aids the racking process. This is not a new idea, it has been completed at this time for generations and as with many of these so called “Old wives tales” now has a scientific explanation or is it just WITCHCRAFT?
We tasted many beautiful wines, including a Gran Reserva from 1991. Carte-du-vin stock several Urbina wines including the Selección 1999 which was featured in February’s Decanter Magazine as one of Sarah Jane Evans Master of Wine, top Rioja Wines.
Cork to cap count still 100% Cork.
Tomorrow Ribera del Duero