The 2010 vintage was awarded 90 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2019 edition review of 2010 Riojas (see blue link below). The 2010 is categorically depleted in the UK!
Rioja Reserva, Sierra Cantabria 2010 - March 2019 Decanter review
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.
Tempranillo (100%) from vineyards over 30 years old. Tradition harvesting with 100% destemming. Fermentation for 8 days with native yeasts and under temperature control between 28ºC and 30ºC. Maceration sfter fermentation on the skins for 14 days. Racking twice a day until fermentation is finished.
Ageing: In French (50%) and American (50%) oak barrels of 225 litres (barriques) for 18 months in barrels that are 20% new, 80% used (these, never more than 3 uses previously). Bottled unfiltered.
Intense cherry and toasty nose of oak with light traces of fine reduction with aromas of tobacco and cedar. Ripe fruit with varietal expression and light floral traces (petals). Dense, sweet and polished, this is a beautifully nuanced wine with very fine tannins.