Señora de las Alturas 2018 – Magnum

Señora de las Alturas 2018 – Magnum

95 Points by The Wine Advocate

Grape: Garnacha
Alcohol: 14% abv
Type: Dry Red
Vintage: 2018
Format: 150cl (Magnum)
Designation: Navarra DO
Sub-Region: Ribera Baja
Country: Spain




The Vineyard

With Señora de las Alturas there is a continuation of the series of wines focused on the terroir. Located in Fitero, this is the only Navarran village belonging to the Iberian mountains, just in the geological separation between the Sierra de Cameros and the Ebro valley.

Señora de las Alturas is a wine from the Pontigos plot, one of the two plots with pre-phylloxera Grenache vines. This plot dates from 1900.

Navarra DO

Navarra is a wine region in northern Spain, known for its diverse and high-quality wines. It is situated in the Ebro River basin, south of the Pyrenees Mountains, and shares borders with France to the northeast. The region has a rich history of winemaking, with evidence of vine cultivation dating back to the Roman era.

Terroir & Innovation

The region’s diverse geography, which includes plains, valleys, and mountains, contributes to the variety of wines produced. Different microclimates and soil types create ideal conditions for growing various grape varieties.

Navarra has a balance of traditional winemaking practices and a willingness to experiment with modern techniques. This combination allows winemakers to create wines that reflect both the region’s heritage and contemporary trends.


This is a complex vintage, winter was mild but spring was very rainy and cold. Flowering and veraison were 20 days
later than previous vintage, although due to the high temperatures in September, the delay was compensated in 2 weeks. Rain was the most prominent element of the vintage after 2 years of water deficit but there was an extra effort in the vineyard management. At the end we can say It was a historically fresh and good vintage.


Hand harvesting of the best bunches in 15 kg crates. Alcoholic fermentation with native yeasts in two 500 liter French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation and aging for 12 months in two-year old 500 and 220 liter French oak barrels. Gentle clarification and filtration, without stabilization.


It has an impactful nose combining notes of violets and ripe cherries, a little deeper than other cuvées from the same zone, nuanced, with a little more ripeness, very complete and complex. It has also developed nice complexity for its young age. The palate has the depth and complexity of the old vines, with super fine, chalky tannins and great balance. It really transcends the price. 

Ideal serving temperature 16ºC.