Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Blanco Otoman 2017

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  • Type:

    White

  • Country:

    Spain

  • Region:

    Rioja

  • ABV:

    13.50%

  • Grape:

    White Blend

  • Grape Blend:

    Sauvignon Blanc 49%, Malvasia 16%, Viura 35%,

  • Winemaker:

    Marcos Eguren

  • Bottle Size:

    750ml

Sierra Cantabria Rioja Blanco Otoman 2017 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Otoman, referring to the silk trade in Turkey, is a fresh and expressive wine reflecting the identity of La Rioja's Sonsierra region. It's crisp, silky and delicate with primary fresh citrus fruit, apricots and hints of vanilla.

Production Notes

This zone known as Sonsierra is very well protected from the North and has a sloping landscape from Sierra Cantabria to the Ebro river, with very good South and South-West sun exposure, providing an accentuated and unique identity. With an average yield of 35hl/ha, the grapes are hand harvested in boxes of perfectly when healthy and ripe. Further selection made in the winery using a sorting table. Crafted from Sauvignon Blanc (49%), Viura (36%) and Malvasia. The grapes undergo an 8 hour cold soak and then are fermented in French oak barrels with 2 months of Medium Burgundy Toasting. Fermentation occurs with indigenous yeasts selected from their own vineyards.

Producer Profile

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria was founded by Guillermo Eguren, a self-made bodeguero, who was, in the family tradition, a viticulturist. His family, native to San Vicente de La Sonsierra, one of the most sought after terroirs in Rioja, had grown grapes in Rioja Alavesa since the 1870s. For decades the family sold their grapes to local producers, but Guillermo recognized the potential that his family's vineyards had to create great wine, and founded Bodegas Sierra Cantabria in 1957. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family directs all aspects of the winemaking process, with Marcos Eguren as the winemaker and director of operations and his brother Miguel Angel Eguren as the general manager. The family still prides themselves as viticulturists first, and as a result, all of the grapes are estate grown, and they do not source fruit from any third party source. As viticulturists in Rioja Alavesa, they grow a vast majority of Tempranillo, with only a small percentage of Garnacha and Graciano, as they recognize that Garnacha and Graciano do not ripen reliably in northern Rioja, and they do not want to source their Garnacha and Graciano from Rioja Baja. Bodegas Sierra Cantabria is the family's original winery, and comprises a collection of their most classic style Rioja wines. Due to their viticultural background, the wines are composed of mostly Tempranillo, as they recognize that Garnacha and Graciano do not ripen reliably in Northern Rioja. Although the family's business has evolved over the years through the foundation of other projects, Bodegas Sierra Cantabria comprises their most traditional, classic styled wines. The wines are made from a blend of selected vineyards, as opposed to Vinedos Sierra Cantabria, which is the family's collection of single vineyard wines.