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Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Amancio 2008


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Vinedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Amancio 2008 has rich black fruit aromas interlinked with various spices and some earthy notes. On the palate, the tannins are ripe and unobtrusive whilst the wine remains concentrated and mouthfilling. Such is the richness of fruit that 24 months in new French oak does not overwhelm the finished wine at all, adding complexity and spice to the whole. Although drinking perfectly now, this has a good decade or so ahead of it.

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2008
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Well built but elegant
Drink With: Braised beef short ribs

Among the most prestigious vineyards of Viñedos Sierra Cantaria, La Veguilla stands out. This plot 16.5 hectare plot of land has an abundance of small, rounded calcareous stones on the surface and it is planted with Tempranillo and a small percentage of Malvasia and Viura. Here, sheltered from the cold, wet North winds by the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range, Amancio is born. Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Amancio is a wine that is the result of a rigorous selection of grapes from an exceptional and very low yielding vineyard. Only the berries that are closest to perfection in terms of their structure, health and maturity make the cut - usually no more than 8-10% of the total harvest - and they are then foot-trodden and matured in new French oak.

From Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar:
Bright purple. Explosive aromas of primary dark berries, cola, vanilla and incense, with a strong spicy quality that builds with air. Sappy, penetrating boysenberry and blueberry flavours are deeply concentrated but surprisingly energetic, with a firm spine of acidity adding structure. Finishes silky, sweet and very long, with resonating spice and floral qualities. This is a baby. 93(+) Points

From Wine Spectator Magazine:
Rich and dense yet smooth and focussed, with black cherry, cassis and pomegranate flavours. Well structured and balanced. 93 Points

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