Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Sierra Cantabria Garnacha

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2016 Vintage

92pts

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2016 Vintage

95pts

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2015 Vintage

90pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

Proprietary vineyards located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Varietal

100% Garnacha

Vineyards

Proprietary vineyards in San Vicente de la Sonsierra.

Year(s) Planted

1927 and 1929.

Viticulture

Environmentally integrated agriculture. Employing viticulture that respects the biorhythms of the plant and vineyard. Organic fertilization. Head trained goblet vines.

Soils

Calcareous clay intermixed with gravel.

Climate

Continental with heavy Atlantic influences that are moderated by the Sierra Cantabria.

Winemaking

Traditional elaboration. Fermentation in stainless steel with selected indigenous yeast. Total maceration is 21 days long. Transferred to 15% new French oak and 85% one vintage use barrels for malolactic.

Ageing

12 months in 15% new and 85% one vintage old French oak Bordelaise barrels.

Comments

The vineyards used to produce Sierra Cantabria Garnacha are the oldest that the Eguren family own. Traditionally, Garnacha was the dominant variety in Rioja. However, due to its long vegetative cycle, Garnacha is very late ripening, and as a result, it is difficult to harvest it ripe in northern Rioja, due to the influence of the Atlantic. In the 1970’s and 80’s Tempranillo became a more popular variety as it ripens earlier. Vintages where the Garnacha grape can reach full ripeness showcase fruity, fresh, and elegant wines.