Viñedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Finca El Bosque 2012

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Vinedos Sierra Cantabria Rioja Finca El Bosque 2012 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: 2012
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

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:
The 2012 El Bosque is a single-vineyard Tempranillo from 1.5 hectares of vines on deeper gravel soils with abundant clay underneath that yields a little more than other vineyards. All the grapes are fermented in one single oak vat and foot trodden for eight days. The wine matured in new French and Hungarian oak for 18 months. It is a serious, powerful and concentrated wine with an austere profile in the palate that is mineral, powerful and structured with abundant but fine tannins. The wine is obviously oaked, but it's quite integrated and compact, and should have a very positive development in bottle. 4,300 bottles. 04/15. 94+ Points

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