The 2008 San Vicente displays the lifting red fruit and Burgundian mix of elegance and sweetness that are hallmarks of the San Vicente style, offering flavours of raspberry, cranberry, plum, redcurrant, cherry, coffee bean, truffle and sweet spice. Incredibly well-put-together Rioja of great distinction and refinement. This is a great cuvée from the fabulous La Conoca single vineyard. 100% Tempranillo “Peludo” (“hairy” in English) which is a special, very low yielding clone of Tempranillo; only one kilo of grapes is produced per vine. Aged for 20 months in new oak, 90% French 10% American.
This is the flagship estate of the Egurens, a legendary Riojan winemaking family. Their zealous attention to detail and passion for making wine see them regularly produce some of Spain’s greatest wines year after year. The estate comprises one single 18 hectare vineyard, Finca la Canoca, planted with the high quality Tempranillo peludo clone on limestone clay soils. The vineyard is run as organically as possible and an exhaustive manual harvest is carried out, combined with a severe selection in the winery. Minimal extraction and judicious ageing in French and American oak make for a great modern style Rioja of complexity and fi nesse.
Spains most famous wine growing region is seeing something of a revolution. A band of new producers are shunning the traditional methods of production in a effort to gain greater purity of fruit, less dominant oak influence, and individual terroir characteristics. The results are wines that have the ability to age and improve in bottle, that have finesse, character and real elegance.