The grapes were very carefully destemmed in order not to crush the berries and they then underwent further selection. The choice whole grapes were then deposited by hand in small open containers specially suited for this purpose. Fermentation and maceration took 28 days. 7 French oak barrels 7, medium roasted and unroasted. The barrel aging would last for 20 months. The Tempranillo vine stock that surrounds the Alto de la Caseta was planted in goblets over 35 years ago on a south-east facing slope. The soil on the estate is loose gravelly poor soil. In this ideal environment for vine stock and in order to bring greater complexity to the wine, we practise integrated sustainable viticulture at the hands of the estate’s most experienced people. This vintage was marked by the incidence of drought. Low rainfall figures starting in the winter marked the development of the entire growing cycle. Our vineyards in Haro benefited from the cooler climate and suffered the impact of the drought less severely than other areas. Marked water stress during the months prior to harvest led to lower yields than usual. The decision on the picking date was crucial in ensuring a quality Tempranillo in Alto de la Caseta vineyard. 2012 provided a wine of great structure and much fruit, with a great potential for barrel ageing to finish smoothing out.