Bodegas Manzanos, Finca Manzanos Rioja Reserva, DOCa Rioja, Spain 2015

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Classic Rioja, with hints of vanilla and almonds, spicy and intense Tempranillo

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.

Long maceration of 28 days at a controlled temperature and 24 months ageing in American and French oak casks, half and half, followed by a further twelve months rounding off in the bottle. This has all gone to produce a wine with great body and extract.

Tasting Note: Clear, bright cherry-red colour with sparkles of ruby. Aromas of vanilla and sweet almonds with hints of leather in fine combination with the wood. The attack is generous and pleasant with intense spicy nuances. Round, intense finish.

Critics: Guia Peñin 2018 85 points, IWC 2013 Silver medal, Decanter 2011 Silver medal, Jancis Robinson 16.5/20 (2013)

Tempranillo 95%, Mazuelo 5%