Sierra Cantabria Rioja Gran Reserva 2005 750ml
SKU 770136
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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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Winery Sierra Cantabria

Varietal: Tempranillo

The wines made from the Tempranillo grape varietal have gone down in history as being some of the finest in the world, with the Spanish region of Riot being one of the most famed and respected examples of a quality red wine made with this grape. Elsewhere in the world, the Tempranillo grape has had plenty of success, and grows best in regions with a mixture of hot sunshine and cooling breezes. These grapes hold plenty of intense and interesting flavors, and are often said to hold many of the most sought after flavors to be found in a red wine. Leather, tobacco, plums and herbs are often noted in wines made with Tempranillo grapes, and the blended wines made with this varietal are often seen at the top of world rankings.

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

Spanish wines are renowned world-wide for carrying all the passion and character of the Spanish culture within them. Any lover of Spanish wine would undoubtedly be able to confirm this notion, as the variety and range of flavors and aromas coming from the high end of Spanish produce is truly impressive, and continues to delight and fascinate both newcomers and the more experienced. Spain benefits massively from an ideal climate for wine production and vine cultivation, with its long, scorching hot summers and far reaching oceanic breezes working perfectly with the native and imported grape varietals, which thrive on the mineral rich soils that cover much of the country. With centuries of knowledge, and generations of expertise under their belts, Spanish wineries continue to focus on raising the quality of their nation's wines, helped along the way by relatively new laws and regulations regarding regional excellence and representativeness.