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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 750ml
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Sierra Cantabria Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2005

Rioja - La Rioja - Spain

Professional Wine Reviews for Sierra Cantabria Rioja Gran Reserva Tempranillo 2005

Rated 93 by Decanter
(25% new French and American oak) Deep, vivid red. High-pitched aromas of redcurrant, wild strawberry and cherry, with exotic floral and spice qualities that become more pronounced with air. Very fresh, with pure red fruit flavors and notes of candied rose, spicecake and smoky minerals. Shows terrific clarity and finishes with a whiplash of sweet red fruit and candied flowers. All the red wines of Sierra Cantabria are 100% tempranillo. (Galloni)
Rated 92 by Robert Parker
No such problems exist for the 2005 Gran Reserva from an outstanding Rioja vintage. It was aged for 24 months in 25% new French and American oak and bottled without filtration. Aromas of sandalwood, Asian spices, incense, violets, mineral, and assorted black fruits lead to a masculine, burly wine with outstanding volume, concentration, and densely packed, layered fruit. This powerful offering will benefit from another 5-6 years of cellaring and drink well through 2025, if not longer.
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Varietal: Tempranillo

Without any doubt, the flagship grape varietal of Spain is the Tempranillo. This fine grape varietal has since been grown in several other countries around the world, and continues to be respected and admired for its deep ruby red color, its strong tannins, and the complex and delicious flavors it carries so well. Plum, vanilla, leather, tobacco and herb are just some of the characteristic flavors found in this black skinned grape varietal, and its power and fullness of features makes it a common grape for use in blended wines of exceptional quality. Tempranillo grapes thrive best in regions with a combination of bright, hot sunshine, and cooling breezes, where they can ripen fully and then be aged in oak barrels to mellow, become more rounded and allow their fascinating nature to come forward.

Region: La Rioja

Spanish wines have always been packed full of character and tradition, making Spain a fascinating country for any fan of Old World wines. By far the most beloved and well known wine region in Spain is La Rioja, a lush and fertile region in the north of the country, famed for its superb single variety and blended red wines, usually made from Tempranillo and Garnacha varietal grapes. These two key grape varietals have been cultivated in this part of Spain for centuries, and are capable of expressing not only the rich, delicious fruit flavors they carry, but also the finer features of their terroir. La Rioja's terroirs are fine ones indeed, with a range of mineral rich soils, and climatic conditions which are ideal for viticulture, resulting in wines of real character and distinction.

Country: Spain

From the deep and intense Rioja wines, or the dry and refreshing Ruedas, from Tempranillos to Verdejos, the range and quality of Spanish wines is always going to impress and fascinate. With several thousand years of traditions and expertise leading the way, Spanish wineries are currently producing some of the most flavorful and interesting wines to come out of Europe, striving to overcome the reputation problems the country suffered in the mid to late twentieth century. Despite being one of the largest producers of wine in the world, with billions of bottles being filled each year, Spanish wine producers are more interested in quality over quantity than ever before. The results of this are some truly world class wines rivaling even the finest produce of France in regards to balance, character and flavor, gaining new fans and enthusiasts every day.