Sierra Cantabria Amancio 2010
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Wine AdvocateEverything in the 2010 Amancio is spectacular and noteworthy, homage to the current Eguren generation's grandfather after whom the wine is named. It's 100% Tempranillo from the same La Veguilla vineyard as its siblings. Again, the bunches are hand destemmed and the grapes ferment with their own yeast in 10-hectoliter French oak vats where they are foot-trodden twice per day during the first six days. The wine ages for 24 months in French and American oak barrels and is racked every four months. The wine is still extremely young and closed with shy aromas of licorice, blackberries, damsons and spices and a great sense of harmony. It's still in the making, but it has ultra-fine tannins, great, clean acidity and superb concentration of fruit. All signs point at to sublime evolution in bottle. This true Rioja is a world class wine, but you should hold on to your bottles for a couple of years (or four!) to really enjoy its true value. 4,000 bottles produced. Drink 2016-2032.
Wine SpectatorA velvety texture carries rich flavors of toast, chocolate and cola in this modern red, framing a core of blackberry and mineral. The plushness masks the muscular tannins, but this has just enough acidity for balance. Bold yet harmonious. Drink now through 2025. 100 cases made.
Wine EnthusiastBriary berry, tobacco, hickory and spice flavors dominate the nose on this smoky-smelling modern Rioja. This vintage of Amancio, one of Sierra Cantabria's flashiest small-volume wines, is round, meaty and expansive in feel, with oaky flavors of blackberry and bacon. A grabby, spongy, wide finish is savory and oaky in flavor. Give this until 2016, then drink through 2022.