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Official vintage rating: "EXCELLENT".

Volume of wine approved: 217.7 million litres.

- Red wine: 174.2 million litres.
- White wine: 20.1 million litres.
- Rosé wine: 23.2 million litres.

Growth cycle.

In spite of it being a dry year, adequate rainfall distribution throughout the year ensured good flowering and perfect ripening. Good weather during harvest allowed the grapes to enter the bodegas in excellent health. The result was an excellent harvest and a new production record which surpassed the 1985 harvest figures.

The autumn and winter were mild, with above-average temperatures. Vine bleeding began in late January and bud burst in early March, earlier than normal by about 20 to 30 days. With a fairly dry summer and good temperatures the grapes were already undergoing veraison in the central part of Rioja and in Rioja Baja by mid-June and the vineyards were ahead of schedule by about 20 days towards the end of August. However, there was not much light in September, with low night temperatures and many cloudy days, although with scarce rainfall. These factors, together with a high volume of grapes, delayed ripening.

Harvest became generalised in Rioja Baja by 10 September, and concluded in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa during the last week in October. Dry, warm weather in October resulted in spectacular sugar and anthocyanin contents, good acidity and excellent berry health.

The new wines showed intense colour, high alcohol content and greater acidity than the previous year -very suitable characteristics for ageing.