2007 Bodegas Sierra Cantabria El Bosque

Year: 2007
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Red Wine
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"Blackberry and pomegranate flavors are accented by cocoa and cardamom in this exotic red. There's a plush yet elegant texture, supported by fine acidity and well-integrated tannins. Drink now through 2014. 50 cases imported." (WS)

"The 2007 Finca El Bosque is purple/black in color with a perfume of wood smoke, graphite, truffle, espresso, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, voluptuous, and already complex, it possesses 8-10 years of aging potential. Its drinking window will reach from 2018 to 2037.

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)

Winery Notes:
Dark as night, and dominated by meaty plum and beef jerky aromas. The palate is huge, with pure fruit, tannin and chocolate pooling at the finish. A new classic in every sense, with stellar balance and complexity. Destemmed by hand with a rigorous inspection of every grape. Cold prefermentative maceration at 8º C. for the first 5 days and additionally macerated with the skins for 13 days. Fermented in French oak barrels of 8,000 kg capacity at 28º C. Pumped over 4 times a day during the first 5 days of fermentation and twice a day during the last 5 days of fermentation. Malolactic fermentation in new French and Romanian Bordelaise oak barrels. Aged 16 months in 21 new French and Central-European Bordelaise oak barrels beginning in November 2001. Racking every four months.