A tribute to Laguardia.
- Viña Real
- 93 points James Suckling / 93 points Tim Atkin
Bakeder, pronounced back-aid-er, is a wine from Laguardia, a village from Rioja Alavesa. The name, “beautiful as peace” is a loose translation from the Basque language.
Let the Whole World know the beauty of the fortified medieval village of Laguardia, protected by its great sierra; its solemn churches and monuments; its historic vineyards, and of course, its magnificent wines.
A selection from our own two vineyards in Laguardia, San Ginés and Castejones. We vinified the grapes at our Viña Real winery, also in Laguardia.
Average vineyard age is about 30 years. Soils are mostly clay and limestone, poor and with limited water supply.
Cherry red, violet nose, intense, tense, youthful. Aromatic, fresh red fruit, some licorice, the wood is there but you have to look for it. Once in the mouth you feel the structure, the volume, but its all restrained, the tannin is fine and the wine is long. So easy to drink. What it must have been like to drink 1920s Viña Real before beginning the lengthy barrel ageing.
This is a complex wine with great ageing potential. It expresses our terroir from Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa.