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Rioja Crianza Sierra Cantabria 2013 (1x 75cl)

Founded in 1957 by Guillermo Eguren, Sierra Cantabria is nestled in the heart of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, a town of great winemaking tradition, situated in a unique location between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. The Sierra Cantabria mountain range (1,200 m. of altitude) and the river Ebro (350 m.), create a special microclimate with Mediterranean and Continental characteristics - providing mild winters and gentle summers - unique for vine cultivation. On the other hand, the summer thermal jump (intense heat during the day with fresh night temperatures) creates an increase in the level of polyphenols, normally associated with excellent quality wines.

100% Tempranillo. Traditional harvesting with 100% destemming. Controlled fermentation between 26 and 28º C with native yeasts. Maceration on skins for 24 days, with two daily pumpings over.

Ageing: 15 months in barriques of French and American oak, almost all pre-used (but never for more than 3 uses). 

A smooth and elegant Crianza from our new star Rioja producer, which deftly balances fruit and oak. This is arguably Sierra Cantabria's most admired wine due to its incredible value and delicate but complex style. Ripe cherry and red fruit, hints of spice and smoke, and a dusting of cocoa combine to form an elegant, complex Rioja with layers of oak and fruit. A smooth and elegant Crianza from our new star Rioja producer, which deftly balances fruit and oak. This is Sierra Cantabria''s most admired wine due to its incredible value and delicate but complex style. Ripe cherry and red fruit, hints of spice and smoke, and a dusting of cocoa combine to form an elegant, complex Rioja with layers of oak and fruit.

£13.14

Altos de Corral, Rioja, Bodegas Corral 2009 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).

Altos de Corral, Rioja, Bodegas Corral 2009 - March 2017 Decanter review

Made from 100% Tempranillo from a superb 10-hectare vineyard on a prominent hillside, at an altitude of 600 metres, overlooking Navarrete in the Rioja Alta. The soil in this vineyard is extremely poor and rocky and yields are 30% below the average for Rioja, resulting in wines of great concentration and richness.

Harvest and selection is carried out by hand. Aged for 24 months in French oak casks.

Intense red cherry in colour. Complex, dominant flavour of red berries, well-assembled with soft notes of vanilla and new fine oak barrel. Soft tannins, full-bodied and a lingering finish.

£30.67

Beronia Rioja Reserva 2012 (1x 75cl)

The 2011 vintage was classified as excellent by the Rioja Regulatory Council.

The wine is produced following a selection of the best grapes from the oldest vineyards. The grapes undergo prefermentative maceration followed by a slow and controlled fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas.  Following this the wine is aged in mixed oak barrels of American Staves and French tops for 20 months to allow a paused and harmonic evolution.  The American oak gives a sweet character of vanilla and coconut while the French oak gives spice, making for the perfect balance.  This Reserva was bottled in November 2013 and was aged in bottle for 18 months before being released to the market. 

Beronia Reserva 2011 shows an intense cherry red colour.  On the nose, attractive aromas of candied fruits and plum conserve are in perfect harmony with sweet chocolate. On the palate this wine proves itself as being of great character with elegant tannins which give the wine both structure and body. It has a long finish.

This wine is perfect to serve with red meats, game and roasts.  It is recommended that you drink this wine before 2024.

£14.30

Beronia Graciano Rioja 2012 (1x 75cl)

Graciano is relatively scarce in the Rioja region, normally only used in blends with Tempranillo as it is ideal for ageing due to its high levels of acidity. It is an interesting variety which gives a unique aroma that is much more intense than other varieties in Rioja. During alcoholic fermentation great colour extraction takes place. The wine is then aged in new French oak barrels for six months. This wine was bottled in September 2014 and was released to the market after 6 months of sitting in bottle.

Beronia Graciano 2012 shows an intense black cherry colour.  On the nose it has intense aromas of petals and red fruits.  Touches of green pepper blended with dried fruits almonds and walnuts.  On the palate it is fresh and lively with balanced acidity. There are chocolate notes as well as hints of cranberry and cocoa.  This is an elegant, fresh and well structured wine with sweet tannins and a velvety texture.

£15.65

Beronia Rioja Crianza 2013 (1 x 75cl)

The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee.  Persistant and well structured.

This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.  

£11.08

Beronia Rioja Crianza Magnum 2011 (1x 1.5L)

This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee from the time spent in American oak.

£27.20

Beronia Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 (1x75cl)

For the production of this Gran Reserva, the best grapes from the oldest vineyards were hand-harvested. Following the harvest, the best bunches were selected in the winery. The grapes then underwent a slow and controlled alcoholic fermentation with periodic pumping over to extract colour and aromas.  Following this, the wine remained in French oak barrels for 26 months.  

Beronia Gran Reserva 2009 shows a powerful and deep maroon colour. On the nose, it is intense and complex with dried fruits (such as dates) standing out over a base of chocolate and sweet spice from the French oak. On the palate this wine is silky and meaty with pleasant tannins, giving structure and complexity.  This wine shows great personality with body, elegance and intense flavours.

This Gran Reserva is best when decanted before serving due to the long time it has spent ageing in the bottle.  It is ideal when served with red meats, game, mature cheeses and also with chocolate desserts.  Drink it now or you can keep this wine until 2024 before opening it.

£19.95

Beronia Tempranillo Special Production Rioja 2014 (1 x 75cl)

Bodegas Beronia is quintessentially Rioja. Its wines are defined by the region and the soils in which the vines are grown, and its name linked to the history of the land where the winery is found. In the 3rd Century BC the area known as Rioja today was inhabited by a celtic tribe called the ‘Berones’. The founding ethos of Beronia is strongly allied to the origins of La Rioja. Beronia was founded in 1973 by a group of businessmen, friends from the Basque country who would visit La Rioja on holiday. They decided, to produce their own wines to enjoy with the local cuisine,  specialising in Reserva and Gran Reserva style wines. Today Beronia is one of the most renowned Spanish wineries, producing traditional Rioja wines with personality and Beronia style.  

This unique wine undergoes double fermentation, both alcoholic and malolactic, in American oak barrels. The wine remains for a total of 9 months in the same barrels with periodic batonage. Bottled in March 2015 the wine will continue ageing for a minimum of 6 months before being released to the market.

Intense and deep cherry colour with high intensity. An unusual nose with red fruits and notes of chocolate, cocoa, liquorice and cinnamon from the American oak. Shows a harmonious palate with the cherry dominating. Well integrated oak after 9 months in barrel. Round and fresh, ideal for those looking for something different.

Perfect with smoked meats or fish, patés and cured meats. Recomended consumption over the next 5 years.

We like this because it is a stunning, unusual, boutique-but-affordable Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo (rare in a Rioja, more the preserve of Riberas) that is full-bodied and fruit-packed with a lighter balance of oak.

£11.95

Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of premium Riojas (see blue link below).

Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 - March 2017 Decanter review

Bodegas Urbina is a winery which has been in the Urbina family for four generations since 1870. The present winery was designed, built and run by the family in 1986 and was created to facilitate producing fine wines.  Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards located at two main vineyard sites - the first is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Turon, a well-known area for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years and the others are at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. The grapes used are from vines aged over 20 years old. The vines are grown in accordance with traditional practices, no herbicides and limited use of pesticides and fungicides. 

The Urbina Gran Reserva is harvested by hand and the skins remain in contact with the must for 28 days.  It is then fermented at a temperature of 28°C using indigenous yeast.  The wine is matured for 24 months in American oak before being bottled and matured for another 48 months before being released for sale.

The Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 has a splendid ripe, complex nose, is reddish-garnet in colour with harmonious and well-balanced oak and fruit tannins.  It also displays intense rich fruit, great finesse and velvet smoothness on the palate.  It goes perfectly with slow roasted lamb shoulder or with game - particularly duck and pheasant.

£21.72

Bodegas Benito Urbina Urbina Gran Reserva Especial 1994 (1x 75cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of premium Rioja (see blue link below).

Bodegas Benito Urbina Gran Reserva 1994 - March 2017 Decanter review

This Gran Reserva is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo. It spent two years in oak then four years in bottle before it was released. It has an opulent nose with aromas of blueberry, hedgerow berries, leather and tobacco. Whilst on the palate it is dominated by red berry and sweet spice notes. A silky smooth wines with intense flavours, fine tannins and a lingering length.

£26.65

Bodegas Benito Urbina Urbina Seleccion 1999 (1x 75cl)

Seleccion is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graziano. It is aged for 15 months in American oak casks and is before attaining ‘Reserva’ status. The nose is complex with concentrated aromas of damsons, cooked summer fruit, vanilla and a hint of coffee. On the palate, there are flavours of dried fruit, Christmas cake and fig. With silky tannins and smooth mouthfeel this is a sublime wine.

£16.00

Bodegas Escudero Arvum 2005 (1x 75cl)

A wine made with Love Labour Artistry and Science to delight the most exquisite palates.

£35.60

Bodegas Lan A Mano Rioja 2012 (1x75c)

Winemaking at LAN follows a principle: "extreme respect for our grapes, preserving the vineyard’s distinctive features in each of the stages of fermentation and ageing, both in the barrel and in the bottle. We manage each tank individually, based on the destination it has been assigned. Such respect implies preparation, manual selection, creativity, tradition and modernity -all these elements play a part in endeavour to outdue ourselves every day. A painstaking oak selection along with malolactic fermentation in new barrels transform our estate’s musts into pleasant, unctuous and round wines."

To make the Bodegas Lan A Mano Rioja, 80% Tempranillo, 8% Mazuelo and 12% Graciano grapes were hand-harvested from 35 and 40 year-old vines in the “Viña Lanciano” estate. The grapes were hand selected in two sorting tables so that only those in perfect condition were allowed into the next phase of vinification. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak barrels. During this process, the lees were stirred weekly to ensure maximum colour and tannin extraction as well as a fuller mouthfeel. The wine spent 7 months in new French oak barriques and a further 6 months in new Russian oak barrels. The wine was bottled unfiltered and unclarified to maintain all the subtle aromas and flavours. This also resulted in producing natural sediment that may be found inside the bottle.

Intense garnet colour with bright red hues. Complex yet attractive nose of ripe fruit (plums, blackberry, and redcurrant), hints of sweet spice (clove, cinnamon), layers of coffee, cigar-box and the earthiness and minerality characteristic of all the wines made with the grapes sourced from the “Viña Lanciano” estate. 

This wine is ideal to enjoy on its own. It also works well when combined with grilled meats, spicy dishes and aged cheese.

£33.50

Bodegas Lan Culmen Reserva 2007 (1x75cl)

Winemaking at LAN follows a principle: "extreme respect for our grapes, preserving the vineyard’s distinctive features in each of the stages of fermentation and ageing, both in the barrel and in the bottle. We manage each tank individually, based on the destination it has been assigned. Such respect implies preparation, manual selection, creativity, tradition and modernity -all these elements play a part in endeavour to outdue ourselves every day. A painstaking oak selection along with malolactic fermentation in new barrels transform our estate’s musts into pleasant, unctuous and round wines."

The Bodegas Lan Culmen Reserva is made using 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano grapes, hand-harvested from 40 to 60 year-old vines planted in the “Pago El Rincón” plot, within the “Viña Lanciano” estate. The grapes are manually selected; only grapes that are in perfect condition are allowed into the next phase of vinification. The grapes are de-stemmed and lightly crushed, then fermented in small, temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks at a high temperature to obtain maximum aromatic extraction. Malolatic fermentation took place in new 225 l. French oak barriques from the Tronçais and Jupille forests. Thw wine then spent 24 months in new French oak barrels from the Tronçais and Allier forests, followed by 20 months in the bottle at the perfect temperature and humidity.

This wine is intense and has a bright cherry-red colour. An elegant and layered nose, with a bouquet that combines ripe red fruit, blackberries, hints of pastries and balsamic aromas (fennel, liquorice). Smoked wood and spice (nutmeg and cinnamon) from its aging in oak. Also appreciated are the earthy and mineral notes characteristic of all the wines made from grapes sourced from the Viña Lanciano estate. A well structured wine, its powerful and fleshy mouthfeel gives way to a long and persistent finish.

Ideal for roasted meats as well as blue and cured cheeses. Suitable for long meals and when combined with sweet desserts.

£49.90

Bodegas Lan Rioja Crianza 2012 (1x75cl)

Winemaking at LAN follows a principle: "extreme respect for our grapes, preserving the vineyard’s distinctive features in each of the stages of fermentation and ageing, both in the barrel and in the bottle. We manage each tank individually, based on the destination it has been assigned. Such respect implies preparation, manual selection, creativity, tradition and modernity -all these elements play a part in endeavour to outdue ourselves every day. A painstaking oak selection along with malolactic fermentation in new barrels transform our estate’s musts into pleasant, unctuous and round wines."

The Bodegas LAN Rioja Crianza is made using 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo grapes selected from 10 to 20 year-old vines from their long-standing suppliers in the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subzones. The vines are situated on sloped plots of calcareous-clay soils with good drainage and sun exposure.

The destemmed grapes were lightly crushed and fermented in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28º C. Maceration in contact with the grape skins for 15 days, pumping the juice over the cap of skins daily for maximum colour and aromatic extraction. The wine was then aged for 14 months in hybrid barrels (American oak staves and French oak heads) followed by 9 months of resting in the bottle prior to release.

This wine has an intense red cherry colour. There are aromas of red fruits, strawberry, raspberry and cranberry framed by fine nuances of vanilla and toffee. Silky and structured on the palate, it has a long lasting and satisfying finish.

A perfect wine by the glass. Very versatile and apt to combine with all types of food: cold starters, pasta, pizza, poultry, grilled red meat…

£10.30
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