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Why do we love this wine?

We’re huge fans of Sierra Cantabria and their family of wineries which are situated in the northern part of La Rioja, in the shadow of the eponymous mountain range. There’s a real sense of power and calm in these imposing mountains that keeps the region safe from the wild weather of the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It’s the classic combination of bright days and cool night that ripen the grapes, in this case tempranillo, to perfection.

Profile

Spice
Strawberry
Vanilla
Medium-bodied
Bright
Deep

This wine is an earlier release for a Rioja, without the extended barrel age and associated classification, and all the better for it. Vibrant fruit is supported but not in any way overridden by six months in American and French Oak (three years old, at its oldest). This provides balanced tannin, toasty notes and great structure to go with juicy plum, tobacco leaf and blackcurrant. They reckon it’s ‘potent and elegant’, and we couldn’t agree more. So gear up for when you need some extra potent elegance in your life. And who doesn’t?

Awards

Guía Peñín
Stephen Tanzer
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Specs

Region
Rioja
Vintage
2016
Cellaring
2031
Preservatives
Sulphites
Alcohol by Vol.
Closure
Cork
Bottle Vol
750mL
Blend Info
100% Tempranillo
Serving Temp.
17.0°C

Tasting

From the producer

Winemaking

Viticulture
Crafting

Region

Rioja
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Goes with

Hard Cheese
Light Vegetables
Risotto
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