Sierra Cantabria Coleccion Privada Rioja 2019.
Vinedos Sierra Cantabria was born as the result of the family’s on-going endeavour in their search for extracting the virtues of our collection of vineyards in unique wines, new classics that have turned into symbols of Rioja.
The Wine Advocate tasting notes 94 rating.
Like most of the wines from this vintage, the 2016 Colección Privada shows more freshness. It's a blend of two vinifications from two vineyards, one traditional and the other one carbonic maceration, and the wine matured in brand new oak barrels, half French oak and half American oak. It's explosive, as it combines the aromatic power of the year and the character of the wine, so it's super aromatic, full of strawberries and vanilla and explosion on the nose. It has tons of fruit and spices, a medium-bodied palate and fine tannins, with a bitter touch from the élevage that should be polished with a little more time in bottle. It should be one of the most expressive and showy vintages of Colección Privada; it's fresh and makes you salivate. Of course, you have to be a bit tolerant with oak, because there is oak here. I later read Parker's description of the 1996, and it sounded very much like this wine. 25,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in July 2018.
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Valgrande and Jarrarte, located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, older than 50 years, franc-clay in texture with calcareous-clay composition.
Altitude: Valgrande 460 m., Jarrarte 480 m. Total number Hcts.: 4. Organic fertilization. Environmental integrated agriculture cultivation.
Year of plantation: Valgrande (1957) and Jarrarte (1959).
Combination of traditional method, de-stemmed, and fermentation of the whole bunches.
Malolactic fermentation in barrel.
Aged 18 months in new 50 % French oak, 50 % American oak Bordelaise barrels.
Intense cherry. Delicate nose, elegant with definite fruity expression, spice and subtle notes of petals and creamy traces of oak well integrated.
Powerful palate, warm, complex, succulent, rich expression of toasty notes of oak and black fruit, coffee and chocolates.
Drinking temperatures: 16-18 ºC
WINE ADVOCATE 93
WINE SPECTATOR 94
bottle size 75cl