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Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Finca El Bosque 2016

£92.75

Vinedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Finca El Bosque 2016 is a bruised blue/black colour, inky dark. Fine and complex on the nose, displaying floral notes, herbs, blackberry, creme de cassis, creamy toasted oak and coffee spice. The concentrated and dense palate has a profusion of oak, tannin, acidity and fruit, but is harmonious and well balanced. Savoury, rich, multi-layered and muscular in structure, with creamy oak, excellently textured silky tannins, and with bags of aromatic, ripe, dark fruit, somehow it retains a charming elegance. Youthful, beatifully delineated and with a very long, pure finish, Finca El Bosque is a wine that fluently expresses its terroir. In an ideal world this large-scaled wine would be cellared for a decade or so and drunk with relish over the proceeding twenty years.

Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Vintage: 2016
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Tempranillo
ABV: 14.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Pure and modern Rioja
Drink With: A fine piece of Manchego

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A micro-cuvee Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo grown in Sierra Cantabria's gravelly 1.5 hectare El Bosque vineyard. Originally planted in 1973, the vines have now reached full maturity and supply an incredible quality of fruit which is hand-selected berry by berry. Finca El Bosque is put through its malolactic fermentation in new oak and is also matured in new oak - French and Romanian - for 18 months.

Luis Gutierrez writing for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
2016 was a cool and slow-ripening year, and the 2016 El Bosque reflects those qualities, combining power and elegance. It's Tempranillo from only one vineyard, planted in 1973. It fermented in new French and central European oak barrels for 18 months. It's a serious and structured wine that has a subtle nose, with integrated oak, combining power and elegance. It has very good freshness, and it has the floral and red fruit character of the 2016 vintage. This wine should have a long life in bottle. I love the 2016 vintage here. 5,000 bottles were filled in July 2018. 96 Points