Sierra Cantabria, Rioja Reserva Unica 2016

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    Tempranillo 100%

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    Marcos Eguren

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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva Unica 2014 - Wine

Tasting Notes

Bright ruby. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, cherry and liquorice. It’s a
quintessential modern Rioja with rich, plush blueberry and blackberry flavours, chalky acidity, stylish oak and violet aromas. Long and well balanced.

Production Notes

The grapes come from vines planted in estate vineyards located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra in the 30 to 40 year old range. Due to the coolness of these vineyards, the grapes were harvested the last week of October at optimum ripeness. All harvesting was done by hand and the grapes were then carefully transported back to the winery where they were carefully sorted. Traditional winemaking and 100% de-stemmed. Temperature controlled fermentation takes place between 28 and 30C with autochthonous yeast selected from their own vineyards over a period of 9 days. Slow malolactic fermentation takes place in oak. barrels with extended maceration on the skins for 21 days. The wine ages for 24 months in Bordelaise barrels of French oak (60%) and American oak (40%) of which 30% new oak and 70% maximum 3 year old wines barrels. Bottled without filtration.

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.