Rioja DOC SIERRA CANTABRIA SELECCIÓN 2009

SIERRA CANTABRIA SELECCIÓN 2009

Case 6 bottles

D. O. Calificada Rioja.


TYPE:

Red (aged six months in oak barrel).
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VARIETIES:

Tempranillo.
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ORIGIN OF THE GRAPES:

Vineyards: Proprietary vines located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra and Laguardia. Altitude: 1860ft. Soil: Calcareous clay with gravel. Average yield: 30hls/ha.
Date of Harvest: During the third week of October 2009. Hand harvested bunches selected in the vineyard and in the winery by means of a sorting table.
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FERMENTATION:

Fermented with selected yeast from our own proprietary vineyards.
Temperature control 27º C (79ºF). Poliphenol and tannins extraction daily controlled.
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MACERATION:

During fermentation (8 days) with two pump-overs daily.
After alcoholic fermentation, an extended maceration of 17 days with reduced frequency of pump-overs to avoid the extraction of bitter characters.
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STABILIZATION:

Cold stabilized.
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AGING:

6 months in tank. 6 months in 225 L American and French Oak barrels (age of the barrels: maximum 3-wines per barrel).
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VINTAGE:

End of autumn and beginning of winter cold with a high number of days with rain and snow what is going to favor an increase of the hydric reserves for the rest of the vegetative cycle. During spring temperatures raise and the third week of april the break of the buds take place in most of the vineyards. Temperatures are low in the morning and mild in the afternoon with scores lower than usual. Rainfall is low and there is a remarkable absence of spring frost during this period. In the second week of june, the vineyard has a correct vegetative and sanitary status, and the flowering takes place slightly in advance. Intermittent rains in june are followed by july and august very hot and completely dry, provoking hydric stress in certain vineyards but keeping a correct vegetative status of the plants thanks to the important hydric reserves accumulated in the winter. The first clusters in veraison are seen the last week of july, reaching the full veraison the first week of august, with an important advance in the vegetative cycle linked to a total health of the plants. During august temperatures are high during the day and night and the thermal jump is not important, what triggers a delay in the phenolic ripeness. September registers absence of rain, the physiologic ripeness is remarkably in advance compared to the phenolic ripeness and this gap provoked that the harvest of the white varieties occurs 2 week before the reds. On 16 and 18 september heavy rains leave 60 l which slow down the maturation and favors a slight increase in the thickness of the cluster. The harvest starts on 21 september for the white varieties and it was not till 5 october when is initiated for the red varieties. The good weather in this period brings excellent sanitary conditions and perfect physiologic and phenolic ripeness.
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TASTING NOTES

Color: Ruby red with light violet in the edges of the glass.
Aroma: Red fruits (raspberries, blackberries) of nice intensity, coffee, toasted notes and vanilla.
Mouth: Well structured, balanced tannins-alcohol-acidity, fresh mature fruit in perfect conjunction with the characteristics of aging (spices, toasted coffee and noble wood). The finish leaves a pleasant memory of lightly toasted notes.
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PRESENTATION

Bottle: 750 mL Bordeaux Light Tradition; green with U.V. filter.
Cork: 1 + 1. Maximum quality cork disks with an agglomerated body.
Label and Back-label: Recyclable paper printed with ecological ink (no heavy metals) with information of source, variety, capacity, bar code and alcohol content.
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WINEMAKER

Marcos Eguren.
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RECOMMENDATIONS

Storage: Constant temperatures; lower than 16°C (61°F). Humidity at 80%. Dark storage.
Consumption: Serve at a temperature between 16 and 18°C (61 and 64°F). Preferred date before the end of 2012.
Recommended pairings: Cold meats, rice, pastas, legumes, potatoes, white and red roasted or grilled meats




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