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

Sierra Cantabria - La Rioja - Spain - Rioja

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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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Winery: Sierra Cantabria

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

The northern Spanish region of La Rioja has been producing many of Spain's finest and most characterful wines for generations, and is a historic region of country featuring several fascinating examples of ancient wine making practices. The wines of La Rioja stand up as some of the finest in the world, with devoted fans across the globe drawn to their rich flavors, relatively light body, and complex, deep and enticing aromas. Typically, wineries in La Rioja use the fine Tempranillo grapes which grow in abundance on the excellent soils of the region, and occasionally blend their wines with the highly aromatic Garnacha varietal, amongst others. There has also been an increase of interest in La Rioja's superb white wines in recent years, which usually utilize the Viura varietal grape and result in exquisite aged bottles.

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.