Amancio, Rioja, 2008

  Sierra Cantabria

Amancio, Rioja

A Rioja of quite dazzling and unrivalled, finesse, brightness and nuance. This is as refined, sophisticated and moreish as the best of Grand Cru Burgundy. A mid-deep bright colour, violet, cherry blossom and wild strawberry aromas leading to a palate that is extraordinarily intense without ever being forceful, tight-packed and focused this is brimming with notes of mineral, red berry, red cherry, fresh cut flower, mineral and crushed rocks, with that strawberry sweetness reappearing on the long, beguiling finish. Exceptional. Amancio was the name of the first Eguren who started growing grapes in 1870. The wine comes from a fine 15 hectares of vines called “La Veguilla”, 575 metres above sea level in the San Vicente region. The planting density is high and the yields extremely low. Selection is rigorous, harvesting is manual and fertilisation is organic. Only one or two bunches are produced per vine and even then a very rigorous selection is carried out.

Contains Sulphites.

About Sierra Cantabria

Established in 1870, Sierra Cantabria is a truly brilliant Rioja estate, creating cool, fresh wines with plenty of suave character. Combining knowledge and tradition accumulated over five generations, the Eguren family believe that “above all, we are grape growers”.

Located at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, covering 18 hectares and at an altitude of 560 meters, it has an Atlantic climate but is also influenced by Mediterranean and Continental climates. The calcareous clay soil is excellent for obtaining high quality wines and to enhance the expression of the Tempranillo Peludo.

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.