Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Coleccion Privada 2016

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    Tempranillo 100%

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    Marcos Eguren

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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Coleccion Privada 2015 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Intense cherry colour. A delicate nose, elegant with delight fruity expression, spice and subtle notes of petals and creamy traces of well-integrated oak. This pure Tempranillo is still firm and grippy but
has concentration of blackberry fruit richness and freshness all coming together to make a stylish and powerful modern Rioja.

Production Notes

The grapes come from vineyards of over 50 years old from the Valgrande vineyard (at an altitude of 460m) and Jarrarte vineyard (480m), located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The soil is franc-clay in texture with calcareous-clay composition. Organic and Biodynamic practises are followed with a deep respect for the land. A combination of de-stemmed and whole bunch fermentation. The must goes throug a skin maceration period of 15 days. Daily pump-overs with diminishing frequency in the final days. Fermented with indegenous yeast selected from their own vineyards at controlled temperatures (23deg.C). The malolactic conversion takes place in barrel and where the wine ages for 16 months (50 % new French oak, 50 % American oak Bordelaise barrels).

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.