Sierra Cantabria Rioja Reserva Unica red wine, the expression of the Tempranilla in perfect cohabitation with the climate, soil and viticulture practices. The result is a collection of oneologist jewels that are born aiming to be age-worthy.
Tempranillo (97 %) and Graciano (3 %) from vines older than 30 years.
Proprietary vineyards located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra (La Rioja).
Environmental integrated agriculture cultivation.
Traditional elaboration, 100 % de-stemmed.
Malolactic fermentation in oak.
Aged 24 months in French oak Bordelaise barrels (60 %) and American oak Bordelaise barrels (40 %), 30 % new oak and 70 % maximum 3-wines barrels.
Bright ruby. Expressive aromas of redcurrant, cherry, licorice. Juicy in the mouth, with red fruit flavours mixed with toasty vanilla and underlying mineral notes. Penetrating acidity extends the long, spicy, floral-dominated finish.
Drinking temperatures: 16-18 ºC
The Wine Advocate 91 ranking
The 2015 Reserva Unica is Tempranillo with a 2% pinch of Graciano that fermented destemmed with indigenous yeasts selected from their vineyards and matured in oak barrels, 60% French and 40% American, for 24 months including malolactic. This is a reserva from a barrel selection looking for a combination of a more traditional style (balsamic, notes of cigar ash) and the fruit from San Vicente, with intensity. It's medium to full-bodied with some grainy tannins and integrated acidity. It has started developing some complexity and tertiary notes, and my guess it that this should develop in bottle toward a more traditional Rioja profile. They produced 39,457 bottles from a selection of 132 barrels. It was bottled in February 2018.