Viñedos y Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Sierra Cantabria Colección Privada

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2019 Vintage

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2019 Vintage

95pts

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2018 Vintage

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Denominacion de Origen

D.O.Ca. Rioja

Location

San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Varietal

100% Tempranillo

Vineyards

Los Terreros & Jararte - single vineyards located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra

Year(s) Planted

1957 & 1959

Viticulture

Practicing organic dry farmed viticulture with certain selective biodynamic practices. Vineyards trained as spur-pruned goblet vines as well as high density trellises. Manual work and harvest, with no mechanization whatsoever.

Soils

Calcareous clay soils that are typical to the Sonsierra Riojana. Limestone rich clay soils that are sandwiched between large slabs of lime-sandstone mother rock.

Climate

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

Winemaking

The clusters and grapes undergo rigorous sorting. 50% whole cluster semi-carbonic, 50% destemmed maceration. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel (inoculated) with indigenous yeasts that have been selected and cultivated from their vineyards and cellar. Maceration lasts 20-30 days. Malolactic fermentation in barrel.

Aging

16 months in new French (50%) and American (50%) barrique. Racked every four months. Aging is carried out in subterranean cellars that were carved by the family at the end of the 1990's. Due to the low temperatures and high humidity, the rate of oxidation is reduced allowing the family to work with low levels of SO2.

Comments

Colección Privada is the wine that launched Viñedos Sierra Cantabria, the Eguren family's lineup of single cru wines produced from single vineyards located in and around San Vicente de la Sonsierra. The wine is a unique combination of classic destemmed vinification with a semi-carbonic style of maceration that was typically used in Rioja for decades for the production of cosechero wines for local consumption. Colección Privada pays homage to the family's past as a grower & cosechero family that in the late 80's began producing some of Rioja's most important modern classics.