Señorío de San Vicente

San Vicente

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2016 Vintage

96pts

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2015 Vintage

94pts

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2015 Vintage

94+pts

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja

Varietal

100% Tempranillo Peludo

Vineyards

La Canoca

Year(s) Planted

1985

Viticulture

High density plantings on trellis in order to reduce yields. Environmentally integrated agriculture. Employing viticulture that respects the biorhythms of the plant and vineyard. Strict selection during hand picking at harvest. Grapes are stored in small boxes. Organic fertilization.

Soils

Calcareous clay.

Climate

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

Winemaking

Temperature controlled fermentation with selected indigenous yeast in large oak vats. Total skin maceration is 16 days. The wine is transferred to barrel for malolactic fermentation.

Ageing

20 months in new Bordelaise barrels of French (90%) and American (10%) oak. Racked every four months.

Comments

San Vicente is perhaps the Eguren family’s most well known wine, as it was the wine that first put them on the map. At a time when people were obsessed with producing classic style Rioja wines, Marcos and Miguel Angel Eguren strove to produce a Bordeaux styled single vineyard wine. They selected one of their magic vineyards, Finca La Canoca, to produce San Vicente. Located in a tiny valley at the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria, Finca La Canoca is a vineyard of the unique Tempranillo Peludo variety. They built the wine from the vineyard. In 1991, when they began working on the project, there were no single vineyard Rioja wines. After the success of San Vicente, all of the great Rioja wineries followed suit, declassifying their top, flagship wines from the typical Rioja ageing system, and focusing on specific vineyards. San Vicente is a unique wine which marries the modern intensity of fruit and concentration with classic Old-World style Rioja aromatics of mountain herbs and licorice.