North-east of town, on the cold slopes up towards the Sierra de Toloño, is Valle la Canoca, formed by little Rio la Canoca. Jose and Vicky have a parcel in the top stretch of this valley, above 600m, yielding red fruited, floral wines. The soil of la Canoca is silt with a high percentage of limestone, surrounded by aromatic herbs such as fennel, thyme, rosemary. It’s planted to Tempranillo with a small percentage of Viura. Harvested by hand, 100% destemmed. Aged 10 months in 500L French oak in the castle cellar. Limited production: Australian allocation 24 bottles.
Smells ‘wide’, and holds its secrets close. Deep, mysterious, the most red note of the parcela wines - plums and boysenberries, with a touch of pimentón and plenty of fennel in the mix. La Conoca has a wonderfully sophisticated palate with fruit, tannin, spice, fleshiness and earthen tones blending beautifully and resolving with a lovely, lilting sweet-sour ripple.