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Date Printed: 7/10/2014
Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2005
Sierra Cantabria Crianza 2005
(search item no. 98330)
International Wine Cellar rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 7/10/2014: $18.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2008 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2007 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 90 points
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2004 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2001 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1998 The Wine Advocate rating: 86 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Saturated ruby. More powerful than the '04 on the nose, offering deep cherry preserve and plum scents. Displays zestier red fruits on the palate, which is firmed by fine-grained tannins. A suave mineral quality arrives with air, adding energy to the dark fruit qualities. The nicely focused finish is spicy and long."
-International Wine Cellar
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About Sierra Cantabria:

Founded by Guillermo Eguren, who is a self-made "bodeguero", coming from a family tradition of vine growers. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family, Marcos Eguren, is the winemaker and director of the winery. Sierra Cantabria has come to the forefront of Spanish wineries in the last 15 years. This is from the extreme care that they give to their vineyards, located in the best terrain of Rioja, the savoir-faire of Marcos Eguren, and his price-conscious policies. Vineyards are located in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most famous towns in Rioja, known for the quality of its grapes. The grapes are sourced on 267 acres (108 ha), from 1,440-1,740 ft. above sea level (480-580 m), spread among the towns of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Labastida, and Laguardia. The proportions of grapes are 91% Tempranillo, 3% Malvasia, and 6% Viura. 75% of the production comes from their own vineyards, the rest they buy from local growers. They have been doing ecologically conscious agriculture in their own vineyards for the last 12 years. Average production 0.5 t/acre (hectare is 5,000 kg). The soil is composed of Clay-lime, the best soil of Rioja. The climate is Continental, with the influence of winds from the Atlantic, but protected from more severe weather by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains