The grapes used to make Marqués de Riscal wines are grown in 1,500 ha. spread between Elciego and neighbouring villages such as Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena.
This sub zone of the Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been best known for producing wines with good ageing potential, thanks to the high acidity and good tannin structure of the musts obtained.
In 1858 the construction of the first cellar commenced and the increased wine production required the facilities to be enlarged in 1883. Further extensions followed in 1968 and 2000. Inside the original (1860) cellar is the Cathedral, a unique collection made up of bottles from every vintage produced by the winery since the very first harvest in 1862 to the present.
To speak of the Cathedral is to speak of the living history of Vinos de los Herederosdel Marqués de Riscal and Rioja wines in general.
Dark cherry colour with a violet-purple rim. Highly aromatic, with aromas of stewed red fruit, hints of burnt chocolate, black pepper and smoky oak. On the palate the attack is fresh, fruity with oak tannins present without overwhelming the fruit. It has moderate acidity with a long, pleasant finish in which the oak can be more clearly perceived.