Viñedos y Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Sierra Cantabria CVC

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Varietal

100% Tempranillo

Vineyards

Viñedo el Pelayo, planted on the outskirts of San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Year(s) Planted

1960

Viticulture

El Pelayo is 100% head trained and dry farmed. Worked entirely manually and plowed by horse. The Eguren family employs certain biodynamic techniques to ensure sustainability and maintenance of a diverse microbiome in the soil. The vineyards are naturally fertilized every two years.

Soils

The topsoil is calcareous clay with an extremely high 8% of active limestone. The subsoil is comprised of layers of clay, sandstone, and limestone, which is very typical in San Vicente.

Climate

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

Winemaking

Destemmed by hand, berry by berry, with a rigorous selection of every grape. Extended maceration in 1,000L French oak vats that lasts between 25-30 days. MLF in new French barrique.

Aging

Each vintage ages separately for an average of 84 months (7 years) in new French barrique. The blend is assembled before bottling.

Comments

The Eguren family dreamt up Sierra Cantabria CVC in 2005 when they were impacted by a bottle of spectacular Rioja from the 1925 vintage. They were startled by the wines youth, intensity, and complexity even after 80 years in bottle. They learned that the particular wine in question had been aged for up to 15 years in barrel (a percentage new), and they set out to produce their own long lasting Rioja. Each release of CVC is a blend of three separate vintages.