Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Rioja Gran Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain 2001

Regular price £26.49

Silky and elegant oak-aged Rioja, with aroma and intense flavours of dried fruit, liquorice, spices, cocoa and coffee scents

On the border between Rioja and Navarra, Victor Manzanos carries on the work of the four generations before him. Adding in significant amounts of ambition and energy, he is at the forefront of the new Rioja - championing a modern interpretation of its varieties through his wines. As a grower, Victor is keen to prove that Rioja Baja has its own distinct character and should not be judged as inferior to Rioja Alta or Alavesa - just different. With over 250ha of owned vineyards at his disposal, including what he claims to be the oldest Graciano vines in the world, Victor and the team at Manzanos are fortunately placed to put both the sub-region and the name Manzanos firmly on the map of the most important producers in Rioja.

Fermentation in stainless steel followed by malolactic fermentation in concrete tanks and ageing on the lees for a few months. Maturation for 36 months in American and French barrels.

Tasting Note: Tawny color, clean and bright. Elegant aroma and intense flavours of dried fruit, liquorice, spices, cocoa and coffee scents. Full bodied with delicate and silky tannins.

Critics: Decanter Panel Tasting 88/100, Jancis Robinson 15.9/20 (average producer score)

Tempranillo 85%, Mazuelo 15%

ABV13.5%

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