Perhaps, my favorite wine region of Spain is Rioja. I hesitate because Ribera del Duero gets into my heart as well. Regardless, I just love the classic wines of both regions.
Since 1870, the Eguren family has been growing grapes and making splendid wines in one of the most important properties in Rioja. Sierra Cantabria go back in history since 1957. They have 90 hectares of vineyards with an average age of 35 years. They are located between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. This mountain range shelter the vineyard from the cold winds from the northern winds creating a specific microclimate for vineyard growing and which provide a distinguished personality to their wines.
( 100% Tempranillo aged for 18 months in French and American oak )
Big nose. Lots of cassis, spices with a good dose of new oak. Powerful yet very refined. Fine tannins. Will age well for 5-7 years.
Gran Reserva 2005
( 98% Tempranillo and 2% Graciano from vineyards older than 30years. Age 24 months in American oak barrels)
Evolved nose. Red currants and incense. Full body. Austere structure. Linear phase, even in a closed phase at the moment. Flavors bring to mind, smoked cigar tobacco and flowers. Tannins not yet fully developed. Give it another 5-7 years to come around.
El Bosque bottling is a single variety Tempranillo.The grapes come from Finca El Bosque, a small property of 1,5 hectares that has old vines more than 40 years old in clay-limestone soils with gravel and rocks on the surface.
The area is protected by Sierra Cantabria range, and has a mixture of climates that go from Atlantic and Mediterranean with soft winters and summers with a great difference in temperatures between the day and the night which is an ideal condition for the grapes to ripen.
This special wine is made by the traditional Riojan method. The production start with a pre-fermentative maceration at a cold temperature of 8ºC for 3 days.
Then, the fermentation takes place in French oak vats at a controlled temperature of 28ºC with 2 grape punchings daily for the first 8 fermentation days and once daily during the remaining 5 days.
The aging is done for 18 months in new central European and French Bordeaux barrels, with racking every 4 months.
El Bosque 2010
Black fruit jam and compote with lots of new and decadent wood. In addition, balsamic notes with dark chocolate. On the mouth, very powerful, concentrated and extracted but with an striking acidity that keep everything in order. Very fine, polished and silky tannins. Keep it for 30 years.
The Muga famy is part of the history of wine trading of the Rioja region.They started first as wine negociants and then they built up their own winery and started making their own wines. Muga has become a Spanish International brand name. Like Torres, their wines are available in more than 50 countries around the globe.
Seleccion Especial 2010
( Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano. Aged in 24 months French oak barrels)
Very refined nose. Cassis, gunpowder, earth and oak well integrated. Full body, powerful but very refined. Fresh acidity, balanced. Nuances of dark chocolate and figs. Well endowed tannis. Young yet but accesible now. Spicy finale.
Prado Enea 2006
( Garnacha Tinta, Mazuelo, Tempranillo, aged in 36 months French oak)
Fine evolved bouquet. Dead mountain leaves. Tobacco cigar with roasted pepper. On the mouth, full body, powerful with chewy tannins. Ready to drink now but can be kept for an extra 5-10 years.