(Viñedos Sierra Cantabria)
We have already had the opportunity to taste some of the superb wines produced by the Eguren family. The winery is located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. Here we have a meeting of climates, Atlantic from the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean, coming up through the Ebro Valley, and continental touches from the central plateau. Because of these influences, combined with very pebbly soils low in organic matter, with good drainage of the sub-soil, the Tempranillo grape shows its very best in these vineyards.
Appetizing, very intense dark cherry hue with purple highlights. Clean and bright, with lots of thick legs.
Powerful, with countless fruit tones reminiscent of dark plums, ripe fruit pulp and red currants. Persistent new oak aromas which are not yet fully integrated in the whole.
Extremely full but very elegant. Very big with good acidity. Marked by tannin due to the wine’s extreme youth. The fruit notes are very distinct and mingle with pleasant balsamic flavours and roasted notes reminiscent of cocoa. The wine still requires a few months’ rounding out in bottle.
Finca el Bosque comes from a small vineyard of only 1.48 hectares planted with Tempranillo in the early 70’s. Harvesting is carried out by hand with meticulous care, using traditional methods, and the wine is then aged in French and Central European oak barrels for 18 months. This wine is a real gem that requires further polishing and which, at the current time, needs further bottle aging as it is somewhat closed and slightly stalled with reduced intensity. A fine wine presented in a magnificent old Bordeaux style bottle weighing in at over a kilo, jealously protecting the excellent 2010 vintage, whose tenacity it will preserve for a very long time. A wine for laying down and serving on special occasions and banquets. Viva la Rioja Tempranillo!