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Sierra Cantabria - Crianza 2015

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Price: $16.99

Producer Sierra Cantabria
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Varietal Tempranillo
Vintage 2015
Sku 210000009803
Size 750ml

Intense cherry notes intermixed with notes of cocoa and coffee. A powerful yet refined palate with notes of smoke and juiciness.

James Suckling: 91 Points

"Some berry and chocolate with a hint of hazelnut. Medium body, firm tannins and a flavorful finish. Always excellent."

Vintage, Vinification & Technical Information

Fermentation: Traditional elaboration. 100% destemmed. Temperature controlled fermentation with selected indigenous yeast. Total maceration is 24 days long.

Grape(s): 100% Tempranillo 

Aging: 14.5 months in Bordelaise French and American oak barrels. Maximum of three vintage old barrels. Racked regularly every four months

Alcohol: 14%

Winery Profile

About the Winery: 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 Alta and Alavesa since the 1870’s. 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 the grapes are estate grown. 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.

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 family’s wines are composed of mostly Tempranillo, as they recognize that Garnacha and Graciano do not ripen reliably in Northern Rioja.

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