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Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Rioja 2008

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The Rioja Crianza (100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in used American and French oak, and bottled unfiltered) exhibits a complex nose of roasted herbs, sweet cherries, earth, and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with attractively sweet fruit, decent acidity, and silky tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.

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Bodegas Sierra Cantabria:
The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing and to the elaboration and ageing of great wines in one of the most prestigious estates in Rioja. Sierra Cantabria has made its wine under this brand since 1957, from its 90 hectares of vineyards. It has an average age of 35 years and is situated in a unique location, between the River Ebro and the S... Read more
The Eguren family, generation after generation since 1870, have been dedicated to grape growing and to the elaboration and ageing of great wines in one of the most prestigious estates in Rioja. Sierra Cantabria has made its wine under this brand since 1957, from its 90 hectares of vineyards. It has an average age of 35 years and is situated in a unique location, between the River Ebro and the Sierra Cantabria mountain range. This mountain range has given the name to the winery and protects the vineyard from the cold winds from the north, creating a specific microclimate for the cultivation of the vines and therefore providing a differentiated personality to our wines. Read less

Member Reviews for Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Rioja

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Snooth User: Fenderbaum
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4.00 5
04/18/2011

Very chalky nose with a lot of black ground pepper. On the palate it is very heavy. The oak really comes through but the tannic structure is quite excellent, hitting all parts of the mouth for a long finish. Very spicy, very syrah-like and would go excellently with red meat. A big wine at an excellent price.


Snooth User: aslezak
108689132
2.00 5
12/29/2010

ehh - kind of a waste of time and money. I've been bummed about my latest ventures into the Rioja Region. I would up a few extra dollars for a nice Chilean or Argentinean (I paid $11.99). You'll be happier with the result. I didn't regret buying this wine, I just wouldn't do it again. This one tasted like a sour banana after passing through my aerator.... and letting it sit for 30-60 mins with less hints of sour banana... maybe sour apple... either way, not sweet.


Snooth User: elaineszu
750087106
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 01/30/2011

Very good Rioja for the price.


Snooth User: Flandry
29511825
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 11/07/2009

Very fruity, aromatic nose, truly surprising taste with strong accents of plum, cherry, and elderberry. I believe that it is a wine to be savored and enjoyed now. When I served this wine at a local tasting some weeks ago, I found that it really needed to breathe about 20-30 minutes after opening, and swirled vigorously in the glass to release its aromatic essences. It is a fine wine to share with friends over dinner.


Snooth User: ajojedapons
29248021
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 12/13/2009

a fruity, easy to drink wine with complex aromas of red cherries, hints of menthol and smoke, flairs of wet earth, pleasant firm acidity and a sustained body, it benefits from decanting. Leather hints -predominantly in the palate- and very few on the nose. Medium to Long Finish. A masculine offering from Sierra, should be enjoyed now till 6+ years.


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2003 05/10/2010

like red candy on the nose seeping with raspberry, cranberry, and cherry fruit. palate has a silky mouthfeel with a little earthy dusty lingering with the red fruit qualities. tannins prevalent as this has great potential


External Reviews for Bodegas Sierra Cantabria Tempranillo Rioja

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Source: We Speak Wine
03/15/2012

The 2008 Sierra Cantabria Tinto is made from 100% Tempranillo. It was aged for 6 months in tank and 6 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple-colored, it displays an enticing nose of cedar, Asian spices, violets, and blackberry compote. Dense and rich, this layered, lengthy effort over-delivers in a big way. (raised in two- and three-year-old French and American oak) Bright ruby. Perfumed aromas of cherry, incense, bitter chocolate and licorice. Supple, dense and dry, with good restraint to its spicy redcurrant and cherry flavors. Nicely tactile and light on its feet but a bit rigid, with good finishing lift and a hint of candied flowers. ** SOLD OUT **


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
05/11/2011

RP: 89 Points ST: 88 Points


External Review
Source: We Speak Wine
Vintage: 2007 06/15/2010

The estate-bottled 2007 Sierra Cantabria was aged for six months in tank and six months in seasoned French and American oak. Dark ruby in color, it has an alluring nose of violets, mineral, incense, and blackberry. In the mouth it shows off some finesse with its silky, easy-going personality. This expressive Rioja finishes with no hard edges. Drink it over the next three years. (100% tempranillo from high-altitude vineyards) Deep red. Strawberry and dried cherry aromas are lifted by an enticing floral element and complicated by notes of cured meat and underbrush. Sweet, silky and fine-grained, with firm acids energizing the raspberry and floral flavors. Dusty tannins add solid grip and carry through the long, spicy finish. With air, the red fruits come on strong, suggesting that this deserves decanting or some more cellar time. Definitely not a modern style of Rioja. Crisp and juicy, this light-bodied red offers tart cherry, orange peel and leafy flavors, structured more by acidity than tannin. Refreshing. Drink now. 7,000 cases imported. -TM



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The Rioja Crianza (100% Tempranillo aged 14 months in used American and French oak, and bottled unfiltered) exhibits a complex nose of roasted herbs, sweet cherries, earth, and vanilla. Medium-bodied, with attractively sweet fruit, decent acidity, and silky tannin, it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.

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