2021 Sierra Cantabria Colleccion Privada
Wow - Top Rioja. Limited availability only. According to Parker, we have a sexy, kinky, exceptionally perfumed one here. What else should we add to this? The Rioja Coleccion Privada is a pure Tempranillo from 2 vineyards in the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Jarrarte and Valgrande, planted in 1957 and 1959 respectively. The 2 vineyards are fermented separately, Jarrarte with a traditional maceration and aged in French barrels. All barrels are new, and the wine matures in them for 16-18 months. The Rioja Coleccion Privada has a very ripe nose with notes of rotten violets, strawberries, plums and dark cherries complemented by a creamy layer of oak with spices and nutmeg. The taste is lush, round and juicy with plenty of tannins and moderate acidity and a beautiful aftertaste. Only 11,000 bottles produced.
High scores year in and year out from all wine assessors and always well above 90 points.
The vineyards together measure only 4 hectares and have soils of calcareous clay; abundance of gravel and small round stones on the surface. Planting year: 1957 and 1959. Environmentally integrated agricultural cultivation, applying a viticulture that is respectful of the environment, according to the biorhythms of the plant. Organic fertilization and strict hand picking of the bunches. Second selection at the winery by means of a double sorting table.
Average yield 2017: 22 hls./ha.
Harvest date: September 20 to 22, 2017.
Tempranillo 100% from the vines planted in 1957 and 1959.
VINIFICATION: Traditional elaboration, with two vinifications: deburdened (50%) and vinification with the bunch of grapes (50%). Skin maceration: 14 days. Daily pump overs; energetic in the beginning with decreasing frequency in the last days. Fermented with indigenous yeast, selected from our own vineyards and temperature controlled (23°C, 75.2°F).
MALOLACTIC FERMENTATION: in barrel.
AGEING: 16 months in new oak - 50% French oak, 50% American oak.
The end of autumn and the beginning of winter are marked by abundant rainfall in San Vicente and Páganos. Early 2021 with low temperatures and a lot of precipitation (including snow) (Filomena), resulting in a very important accumulation of water in the soil causing good compaction and nitrification of the soil, very beneficial for the vines. Early March is dry and with mild temperatures, causing the vines to weep for the first time. Beginning of bud break in early April, with slightly cool temperatures and little vegetative development. Light frost on April 14 and 17 caused minor and variable damage depending on the vineyard plots. Rainfall in April was lower than the usual average. Early May was dry and temperatures were very mild, below normal. At the beginning of spring (early June), flowering took place around June 12. This is a period of rainfall that causes light flower sprouts, giving the impression that it will be a short harvest. In mid-June there were a few hailstorms that did not cause major damage, but did limit the harvest. Two months of total absence of rain began: July and August. From July to September, temperatures exceeded average, reaching 38ºC.
From September 14 to 18, rain falls in varying amounts, creating alarming uncertainty about health and final ripening period. These September rains increase berry and bunch size, and followed by low temperatures and sunny weather will cause a rapid end to ripening and eliminating the risk of botrytis, which balances physiological, phenolic and aromatic ripening. The harvest of the white varieties begins on October 1-2 and the red on October 5, yielding grapes with a total acidity slightly higher than in a normal year and a spectacular phenolic ripening.
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
|Type of Wine
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|James Suckling rating
|Dry, Fruity, Red fruit, Flexible
|Barbecue, Borrelen, Cadeau!, Met vrienden, Open haard, Voor alledag