Another stellar effort from the Eguren family's low yielding high altitude San Vicente vineyard. The Tempranillo here is a particular clone called Peludo, or "hairy", so called because of the presence of tiny hairs on the leaves, rather than any overtly hairy overtones in the wine! Indeed this wine couldn't be silkier, parading dark bramble fruit and high-toned cherry notes alongside suggestions of mocha, fresh tobacco leaves, briar and sweet vanilla. Aged in a combination of French and American Oak, this is modern in that the fruit is foremost, but traditional in that nothing feels forced or overworked. A fabulous cuvee.
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.