Casado Morales is a small, family owned estate in the Rioja Alavesa region. This is the samllest of the Rioja sub-regions. Their vineyard is uniquely situated at a height between 1200 and 1800 feet above sea level. The Sierra Cantabria mountains provide a buffer from the cold north winds allowing the grapes to ripen fully with great complexity. This wine is 100% Tempranillo. It is aged four months in French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels and an additional six months in the bottle with frequent monitoring. The Wine Spectator said "Sleek and supple, this red offers black cherry, leaf and light espresso flavors. This is medium-bodied, balanced and fresh, with the structure to improve."