Amancio, Rioja, 2010

  Sierra Cantabria

Amancio, Rioja

Much like San Vicente, Amancio 2010 looks set to go down as ‘historic’. Named after the first Eguren to grow grapes, it comes from a stunning
vineyard called La Veguilla situated, like all Sierra Cantrabria vineyards, on the left bank of the Ebro. Only the few vines which naturally
produce two bunches of grapes are included in the blend. Enormous amounts of labour go into this wine including a full berry by berry hand
de-stemming, taking 70 people three full days to produce a little over 4000kg of grapes. It is fermented in small oak vats, with no machines
or pumps employed, only gravity used for remontage, before spending 22 months in new French oak barriques. The nose is very fine indeed,
littered with white flowers, tiny red and black berry fruit and mountain herbs. On the palate this is another level of finesse, as sweet mineral
notes are interwoven between fine berry fruit, dancing spices and a gentle note of very fine chocolate. Hugely complex and almost indelible
while at the same time completely effortless. Spellbinding.

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.