2006 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Amancio

Year: 2006
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 95
Wine Advocate: 95+
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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"This firm red shows an austere character, with mineral, sanguine and anise notes framing plum and fig flavors. Balanced and fresh, with plenty of depth and an impressive balance of power and grace. Best from 2011 through 2021. 67 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2006 Amancio is more approachable. A deep purple in color, it displays aromas of pain grille, mineral, espresso, lavender, black cherry and blackberry. Dense and full-flavored on the palate, it has a smooth texture, excellent balance, and several years of aging potential. Drink it from 2014 to 2026.

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria is another outstanding Rioja estate owned and operated by the Eguren family. The highlight of my visit in May, 2010 was a vertical of their two renowned single vineyard wines, Amancio and Finca El Bosque. Not to be overlooked is their complete portfolio of new releases, several of which are superb values. The Amancio cuvee comes from a single vineyard of the same name. There is a severe triage in the vineyard before the grapes reach the sorting table. It spends 24 months in new French oak using a “200% new oak” aging regimen before bottling without fining or filtration. The Finca El Bosque Vineyard is a 4 acre parcel of Tempranillo planted on gravel in 1973. The wine is put through ML in new oak and spends 18 months in new, mostly French oak." (WA)

"($165; 100% tempranillo) Glass-staining purple. Heady aromas of blackberry, boysenberry, incense, potpourri and smoky minerals. Lush, creamy and deeply concentrated, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors complicated by candied violet and rose and a strong mineral quality. Impressively balanced for its richness and power. Finishes with strong cut and lingering sweetness." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
The grapes for this wine come from a proprietary vineyard, 15 Ha (37 acres), in La Veguilla area, in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, La Rioja at an altitude of 575 m (1,890ft) with a South-Southeast exposure. The soils are clay-limestone composition with abundance of small rounded stones on the surface. The vines are 20-35 years-old, head-trained in goblet and on trellis, and yields 29 Hl/ Ha. (304 gal/acre), and are organically fertilized every 2 years. Painstakingly hand-harvested in boxes, during the third week of October, 2005, of only perfectly healthy, ripe grapes (only 8-10% of the bunches from the vineyard were chosen) with additional selection made in the winery using a sorting table. Destemmed by hand with a rigorous inspection of every grape. Cold prefermentative maceration at 6º C. for 6 days and then macerated with the skins for 14 days.