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Martin Cendoya Reserva Rioja 2010
Martin Cendoya Reserva Rioja 2010
Why you should buy this wine:
- If you like Rioja then this is a must try for its beautifully constrained oak treatment that characterizes most traditional Rioja’s
- The 2010 vintage was exceptional
- It is made by an outstanding producer
What can you expect: Intense ruby red, clear and bright color with a complex, elegant and intense nose generated by a ripe black fruit amalgam, a hint of spice and toasted wood. On the palate, ripe tannins give a long and voluminous wine with mineral notes that appear in a long and persistent finish.
The palate has elegance, beautiful depth and a smooth silky texture with a balance between some of the over-oaked traditional Riojas and the modern over-concentrated wines made by some today, this treads a fine line of fruit, complexity and enough, but not too much, oak.
Appellation: Rioja Alavesa
Grape: 80% Tempranillo 15% Graciano 5% Mazuelo
The Story Behind the Wine - click here
Who makes it: Martín Cendoya is brother to Vitorino’s wife, Mercedes whose Eguren family have been producing wines in Rioja for over 150 years. Their continued innovation and research and development is primarily directed at environmental sustainability and in-depth knowledge of their vineyards, all of which contributes to the excellence and continuously improved quality of their products.
Vineyard: This is a very old and well-established winery (1870) where the Eguren Ugarte family produce their wines from vineyards planted with Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo between 1900 – 1915 .This is their signature wine using ancient vines (1920) located in Rioja Alavesa at 600-700 m. The grapes are from old vines on hillside terrain with yields being kept low (3,500 kg/ha) where grapes originate from vines which are over fifty years old located in Labastida and Páganos a unique micro-climate which is favourable for the production of a quality fruit.
The vines, trained according to the traditional high goblet method of Rioja Alavesa, are grown on poor, very limy land which is shallow and sandy. For decades they have merely depended on rainfall which, over time, has resulted in vines with low production and balance. Absolutely all tasks are performed manually: “we harvest by selecting the bunches in the actual vine stocks, we pamper them one by”.
Winery: After the harvest, on arrival at the winery the grapes are sorted and de-stemmed and crushed before switching to stainless steel tanks. Alcoholic fermentation runs over six days, followed by 20 day steeping at a maximum temperature of 30°C, with 4 pumping over. Following malolactic fermentation in new barrels of mixed American and French oak the wine is aged for 15 months in new barrels of American and French oak, racked every 4-6 months and then spends 6 months in bottle. It is unfiltered and produced in only the best vintages.
The Back Story: The Eguren family has been directly linked to vine growing since 1870 with their great-great-grandfather a chocolate trader by profession, falling in love with Estéfana and abandoning the green valleys of the Basque Country to settle in San Vicente de la Sonsierra. By a quirk of fate the healer, Pascasio Pangua, who cured one of the couple’s daughters, was cared for and lived with the Eguren family during his twilight years and, to show his gratitude, left his vineyards to his adopted family in his will.
Bodega Eguren Ugarte is a premium producer of wines in DOCa Rioja where the weather in this area enables excellent ripening along with a viticulture tradition that gives wines of remarkable power.
La Rioja is located in the north of Spain, close to the Atlantic coast, but shielded from the cold and wet weather by the expansive Cantabrian mountains. As such, the climatic conditions in La Rioja are ideal for ripening the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes used in the production of the fine red wines the region is famous for. Wineries in La Rioja take great pride in their heritage and traditions, and the winemakers of the region employ a range of time honored techniques alongside more modern methods to make the most of their superb crops each year.
NEW: Food Pairing: ideal with grilled meats particularly game, stews vegetable dishes, stuffed white meat, roasts, sheep’s cheese and
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