The Wine Advocate 89 rating tasting notes, Sierra Cantabria Cuvee Especial
Like many of their reds, the 2017 Cuvée is Tempranillo. But this one comes from an eight-hectare single vineyard called La Llana in the village of Labastida. It matured in French and 15% American oak barrels (40% new) for 12 months. It's from alluvial soils, and they want the wine to show the freshness of Labastida. Despite being a 2015, it has more red fruit. This is the first single-vineyard wine, and it's one they can do good volume with, so an affordable wine. It mixes red berries and spice, quite open and aromatic (it reminds me of some 2016s). The palate is medium-bodied and has fine-grained tannins and a dusty, dry finish.
Own farm, La Llana, over 30 years old, located in Labastida. Number of Has .: 10. Altitude: 460 m.
Sandy soil, with remains of gravel and boulders.
Organic fertilizer. Integrated farming agriculture.
Planting year: 1980.
Traditional elaboration. 100% destemmed.
Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
12 months aging in Bordeaux barrels of French oak (85%), American oak (15%) and new oak (40%).
Cherry red well covered, with a bluish and ruby rim. Medium-high layer. Intense aroma with hints of red plums, well-ripened red fruits, spices, light notes of vanilla and a rich toasted background. Tasty on the palate, well structured, with good balance, developing all the character of high quality ripe tannins. Broad finish, with delicate notes of spices and oak, long and intense.
Serving temperature: 16-18 ºC
Bottle size 75cl
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