Señorío de San Vicente, Rioja, 2009

  Senorio De San Vicente

San Vicente comes from a single vineyard planted with Massale selection of ancient and very special Tempranillo Peludo (or Hairy Tempranillo, so named because of its hairy leaves), found growing in one of the old Eguren vineyards at altitude on extremely poor soils. With yields so low they were almost wiped out in the 1970s, they often produce a mere kilo of grapes per vine. Intriguingly, they naturally shed the leaves closest to the bunches in September allowing the grapes perfect exposure to the sun prior to harvest. The 2009 is a beauty; aromatic and already extremely expressive with black fig, plum, liquorice and sous bois notes complemented with soy, black tea and sweet spice. Open and gourmand, this is so good it is tempting already but undoubtedly has a long life ahead of it.

Contains Sulphites.

About Senorio De San Vicente

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.

Appellation: Rioja

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.