Ansa, "the most beloved" in Gaelic, reflects the voice of the oldest vineyards (some centenary) located in Elvillar and Lanciego, in Eastern Rioja Alavesa.
100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in oak barrel with fruity notes of raspberry, red currant, floral and mineral tones. Complex bouquet with ripe black fruits and some touches of spices, finishing with dark cocoa. Elegant, fine, and harmonious red wine.
Founded in 2014 by Francis and Kathleen Rooney, who fell in love with the region during their pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, Bodega 202 strives to handcraft small batch vintages from old mountain plots, focusing on quality over quantity.
Bodega 202 is located just outside of the medieval, fortified town of Laguardia in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.
To the North, the Sierra Cantabria provide a unique microclimate barrier against Northern Spain and the Cantabrian Sea, creating wonderful agricultural conditions for winemaking.
In the Rioja valley, the Ebro river stretches West to East giving life to the valley. It is a land of emotion and sensation.
The high elevation provides a perfect balance to the slow ripening grapes of tempranillo. Low temperatures while maturation takes place allows for a slower process, providing for much thicker skins, more resistant to illness.
Our oldest vines are 80 to 100 years. The old vines are the best restraint for yield, allowing us to obtain extraordinary concentrated and aromatically complex wine, with the capacity for long aging periods giving elegance and finesse to the wines.
The characteristic calcareous-clay soils of the Rioja Alavesa provide for balanced structure, poor organic content, and a restrained vegetative potential.