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. Everything in the vineyard is done with respect for the environment as well as following the biorhythms of the plant.
This is a single-vineyard wine from La Canoca which is 18 hectares in size. The soil is comprised of calcareous clay. There is a high density of plantation with low yielding fruit. This wine is from a single vineyard using one grape variety (Tempranillo Peludo) to produce one wine. Tempranillo Peludo ("Hairy") is a low yielding and characteristic grape which is indigenous to the area, so named for its hairiness on the underside of its leaves. The idea behind the use of Tempranillo Peludo was to put quality ahead of profitability, and the use of careful, studied viticulture has made San Vicente a reference point for winemaking in Rioja. The vineyard is run as organically as possible and an exhaustive manual harvest is carried out, combined with a meticulous selection of the best grapes in the winery.
The grapes are fully de-stemmed by hand. A temperature controlled fermentation then takes place over 10 days with two daily pump-overs at 28 - 30º C. Only indigenous yeast selected from their own vineyards are used. Malolactic fermentation is allowed to take place in barrel, where the wine then ages for 20 months. Barrels are 90% French oak and 10% American.
The San Vicente 2013 has a garnet red cherry colour and a delicate nose. This is the essence of modern style Rioja. It’s plush and rich, with lashings of oak supported by textured, balsamic fruit flavours, rich licquorice, mountain herbs and a backbone of tannin.