Zaco is neither a Crianza nor a Reserva. Each vintage, award-winning winemaker Diego Pinilla will identify the right moment to bottle the wine and its vinification is based on getting maximum fruit and freshness. The wine is matured in American and French oak and Pinilla decided for the first vintage (2005) that nine months was the
ideal period before bottling.
Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbaínas in the Rioja Alta and is made from 100%
Pinilla said: "The only rule for Viña Zaco is that it is a Rioja. From then on there is a lot of flexibility in the wine-making process. There are no restrictions. We have used French and American barrels, but do not follow a standard procedure as far as ageing time and technique are concerned.
"We use barrel ageing to bring out the maximum expression of the varietal - this may vary from vintage to vintage."