Senorio de San Vicente
(Bodegas Sierra Cantabria) Rioja 2017
(Rioja, Spain) - [JD 96] [VM 93] [WE 92]
Regular price $75.00 Sale price $54.97 Save $20.03
About the wine:
Founded by Guillermo Eguren, who is a self-made "bodeguero", coming from a family tradition of vine growers. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family, Marcos Eguren, is the winemaker and director of the winery. Sierra Cantabria has come to the forefront of Spanish wineries in the last 15 years. This is from the extreme care that they give to their vineyards, located in the best terrain of Rioja, the savoir-faire of Marcos Eguren, and his price-conscious policies.
First introduced in 1991, this wine is made by the ubiquitous Eguren family from vines that they own in Sonsierra. A low-yielding strain of the variety, Tempranillo Peluda, yields wines of distinct concentration and power that age effortlessly, as numerous, still youthful bottles from the 1990s continue to prove. The first planting of the estate’s 18-hectare vineyard was in 1985, still quite young by Rioja standards. The highly expressive, flamboyant wine is aged in large oak vats, 90% French and 10% American and many of them new, for 20 months before bottling.
The tradition in Rioja was blending vineyard and varieties, which lost the identity of single vineyards in the resulting wines. Marcos and Miguel Angel selected one of their finest and most unique vineyards, Finca La Canoca, to produce San Vicente. Located in a tiny valley at the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria, Finca La Canoca is 100% Tempranillo Peludo planted on extremely high-density trellises. The specific clone of Tempranillo, combined with the vineyard’s location produced a different expression that the Eguren family sought to highlight in this wine, that was built from the vineyard. The vineyard is located in a tiny valley on the northern fringes of what is considered to be an acceptable location for growing grapes in Rioja Alavesa. Any closer to the Sierra Cantabria mountain range, and the grapes would have trouble ripening. However, the altitude produces an elegant, lively wine with deep character and concentration.
Tasting Notes: Garnet red cherry in appearance. Delicate nose, good reduction and toasty creamy notes with rich licorice flavors and mountain herbs in this generous red, offering and elegant palate, fresh with well integrated tannins and a smooth finish.
Ratings & Reviews
" Coming from a single vineyard planted in 1975 on limestone and clay soils, the 2017 San Vicente is 100% Tempranillo Peludo and was aged 20 months in new barrels, 90% French and 10% American. This rich, powerful red boasts a deep purple color as well as a decadent bouquet of red and black currants, blackberries, Asian spice, cedarwood, vanilla, and candied violet nuances. It's rich and powerful, yet also balanced and elegant. Showing more structure with time in the glass, this full-bodied Rioja will benefit from 4-5 years of bottle age and keep for 30 years or more. It's a beautiful wine." (Oct 2020)
93 Points - Vinous Media:
"Deep violet. An expressive bouquet displays aromas of fresh red and dark berries, pipe tobacco and peppery spices, with vcanilla and floral nuances emerging quickly. Smoke- and spice-tinged black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors convey appealing sweetness, and a spicy flourish adds lift and back-end fruit. Soft, even tannins shape the finish, which shows fine clarity and repeating spiciness." - Josh Raynolds (Apr 2021)
"This deep violet-red wine features aromas of pomegranate, black currant and jalapeño. It is smooth on the palate, with full-on tannins that offer a backdrop to flavors of black plum, Chambord, clove, anisette and a touch of mint on the long-lasting finish." - Mike deSimone (Jul 2022)