Señorío De San Vicente Rioja San Vicente 2006
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Senorio De San Vicente Rioja San Vicente 2006 is now at its very best and is wonderfully balanced with ripe, black fruits underpinned by notes of spice, lead pencil and toast. On the palate it is mouthfilling and intense, yet elegant and with finesse. When we last tasted it a month or so back it truly amazed us with its freshness, depth of flavour and sheer class. It's seldom a wine of this quality is available in any quantity and it is worthy of every cellar. If you don't normally buy wine at this price, it is certainly worth just buying a bottle or two for those special occasions when you want the best.
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Dark and toasty
Drink With: Lamb in all its forms
In search of a wine which showed the true potential of sierra-grown Tempranillo, the Eguren family founded Señorío De San Vicente in 1991. Their philosophy was to create a single wine from the single La Canoca vineyard, from the singular, almost extinct grape variety Tempranillo Peludo, or "hairy Tempranillo". This is an ancient version of Tempranillo, which has a hairy underside to its leaves and which is distinctive, low yielding and unique to this specific area.
As with the Viñedos De Páganos El Puntido, Rioja San Vicente is a most individual wine but one that is more traditionally styled than its cousin. Fermented then aged for 20 months in 90% French oak barriques and in 10% American oak barrels, it is a juicy, more mineral expression of Rioja that is not quite so approachable in its infancy but now is at its zenith. However it will still age for a further decade or so.
Why we like this wine
We have always regarded Marcos Eguren as something of a genius with the Tempranillo grape and this wine serves to show we are right in our belief. It's not cheap but it's not expensive when you consider the quality.This is a class act and one every wine drinker should experience. You won't be disappointed.
- Top class Rioja
- Extreme quality
- Excellent quality/price rapport
- Perfect for drinking now but with plenty of life ahead of it
From Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2006 Señorío De San Vicente Rioja San Vicente is a glass-coating purple/black colour offering up a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, liquorice, plum, and blackberry. Opulent and rich on the palate with layers of succulent fruit, it has 6-8 years of ageing potential and should be at its best from 2016 to 2026.
Señorío De San Vicente is one of several outstanding estates owned and operated by the Eguren family. The wine is made from 100% Tempranillo Peludo known for its tiny berries and exceptional aromatics. The grapes are sourced from a single vineyard and typically aged for 20 months in new, mostly French oak before bottling without filtration. 93 Points