About This Wine
In just 15 years, Bodegas Sierra Cantabria has attained “cult” status in Spain’s Rioja region.
Founded by Guillermo Eguren, who came from a family of winegrape growers, the winery has developed an extremely loyal following, particularly for its bottlings of Tempranillo. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family, Marcos Eguren, is the estate’s winemaker and director.
What makes the Sierra Cantabria wines so exceptional? It begins with the extreme care that the family gives to their vineyards, which are sited in the best terrain of Rioja: San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Having perfectly ripened fruit with which to work makes Eguren’s job mainly a matter of letting the grapes speak for themselves.
And the Tempranillo grapes from the 2007 growing season did a lot of talking, oozing alluring flavors of blackberry and cherry, complemented by spice notes from oak barrel aging for just over a year. Take a sip, and you’ll instantly become a fan.
Its aromas and flavors often combine elements of berryish fruit, herbaceousness, and an earthy-leathery minerality. Rarely bottled as a stand-alone varietal, but frequently used as the base variety in blends.
- Grape Composition:100% Tempranillo
- Grape Source:San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Labastida Areas of Spain’s Rioja Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Blackberry, a Hint of Cherry and Baking Spices
- Aging Vessels:French & American Oak Barrels for 14 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2013
- Food Pairing SuggestionSpanish stews, cheeses or patés.
The 2007 Crianza was aged in seasoned French and American oak for 15 months before bottling without filtration. Smoke, leather, cinnamon, incense, and blackberry are some of the elements jumping from the glass of this smooth-textured, generously stuffed, savory offering. Excellent volume and length suggest that this exceptional value will provide enjoyment through 2019.