2020 Sierra Cantabria Mágico Magnum

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Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Appellation Rioja (Appellation)
Winery Sierra Cantabria
Year 2020
Grape Tempranillo
Content (Alc) 1.5 ltr (14%)
Drink window 2024 - 2034
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Sierra Cantabria or the Riojans is always looking for genuine and pure wines that express their origin, landscape, culture, tradition, ancestors, family and personal experiences. In this wine, Sierra Cantabria Mágico, all these qualities come together.The Sierra Cantabria Mágico comes from a small vineyard: El Vardallo (also known as Las Sepulturas) of only 1.18 hectares, located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

It is a vineyard which has been spared from the phylloxera crisis at the beginning of the 20th century and some of the vines are more than 150 years old and as was customary at the time, 1 vineyard (small) contained a wide range of varieties, both red as white. Among the reds are 65% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache, 2.5% Graciano, 1% Petit Bouschet and 1.1%, others; among the white varieties is 4.4% Calagraño, 3.2% Turruntés (Rioja) and 2.8% Viura (Macabeo).

The Magico is produced according to very traditional Rioja winegrowing techniques. The vineyard is fully worked by hand and plowed by horse. The Eguren family uses biodynamic techniques to ensure sustainability and maintenance of the soil microbiome. The vineyards are fertilized naturally every two years. The soil of the vineyard consists of sandy loam soil with little organic matter and the subsoil has a cap of iron and calcareous clay, which is crucial for water retention. The parent rock is also present at the same depth. The climate is continental with Atlantic influences moderated by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains

All grape varieties are all hand destemmed and rigorously sorted. All varieties except the Garnacha were lightly bruised and macerated in small wooden barrels. The Garnacha was fermented and macerated separately in a wooden barrel. The maceration lasted 21 days for the composite varieties and 15 days for the Garnacha. Malolactic fermentation in new French oak barriques. The compressed varieties were malolactic in one 500 L and four 225 L barrels. The Garnacha underwent malolacticum in a 500 liter barrel.

Sierra Cantabria Mágico represents the desire of the Eguren family to produce a superior wine from Rioja as they do with their Teso La Monja. Due to their long history with incredible single vineyard wines, they felt it was a challenge to keep improving and saw that surpassing that quality was possible when they discovered El Vardallo's vineyard. Vineyards this old are simply almost non-existent in Rioja, and the qualities are innumerable. The grape blend is an incredible treasure trove of authentic varieties, adding every character and complexity to the final wine.

Fact: There is a lot of messing around with cult wines these days, so certainly also with this wine. We are the official importer and you can check through the Sierra Cantabria website if you have an official bottle supplied by an importer. You can be sure that you do not accidentally have a counterfeit or refilled bottle. You can do this at: http://www.sierracantabria.com/en/wineries/vinedos-sierra-cantabria/sierra-cantabria-magico/

The Magico from Sierra Cantabria has a fresh cherry color in the glass. In the nose, the Magico has beautiful notes of blueberry, tobacco, cedarwood, cherry and mineral and toasty undertones. On the palate, the Magico red wine is very intense, super elegant, complex with silky tannins. The wine has beautiful smoky tones due to the new French oak Velvety soft on the palate. Excellent balance between the acids and the ripe tannins with a very long finish. The wine has received unanimously great reviews. This is a collector's item.

Fact: Hermanos Euguren has been named the best winemaker of the year 2012 by the American wine magazine Wine Enthusiast.

Vineyard for 2020 Sierra Cantabria Mágico Magnum

The Spanish winery Sierra Cantabria was founded in 1957 by Guillermo Eguren and is one of Hermanos Eguren's beautiful wineries. Sierra Cantabria is located in the Rioja in a unique location between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The Sierra Cantabria Mountains (1200m.) And the River Ebro (350m.) Provide a special microclimate with Mediterranean and continental features - mild winters and mild summers, unique to wine growing.
On the other hand, the thermal summer jump (intense heat during the day with fresh night temperatures) increases the polyphenol content, which makes for excellent quality wines with a distinctive character.

The vineyards of Bodega Sierra Cantabria are mainly located in the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Labastida and Laguardia, an area very well known for wine growing.
The Tempranillo variety predominates, along with small amounts of Garnacha, Viura and 'Hairy Tempranillo', all of which are grown in vineyards about 35 years old, although there are also plots up to 70 years old.The harvest is carried out by hand every year, paying special attention to the rigorous selection of the grapes that are the soul of the wine, in optimal condition and in perfect ripening conditions. The careful harvest is followed by a thorough separation of the bunches, which is done on a selection table at the entrance of the winery. Winemaking is aimed at minimal intervention in the winery to fully respect the character of the terroir


More Information
Type of Wine Red
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Appellation Rioja (Appellation)
Winery Sierra Cantabria
Grape Tempranillo
Biological certified No
Natural wine No
Vegan No
Year 2020
Drinking as of 2024
Drinking till 2034
Alcohol % 14
Alcohol free/low No
Content 1.5 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine No
Closure Cork
James Suckling rating 93
Tasting Profiles Earthy, Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Spicy, Red fruit, Tannines, Full
Drink moments Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch
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