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  • The 2005 is a superb vintage in the history of Rioja.
  • Delineated and powerful yet beautifully elegant.
  • Drinking well now or over the next 4-5 years.
 

Tasting Notes
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Colour Brick-Red
Nose It combines complex aromas from its development and ageing, mature ripe black fruit and vanilla and cinnamon spice with a deep mineral core.
Palate Finely balanced, lovely texture, full bodied, spicy and cigar box notes, delineated and powerful yet beautifully elegant. Velvety smooth, harmonious with a fresh finish
Food Pairing Roast meats, Foie, game, aged or even blue cheeses.
Cellaring 5-10 Years
Notes Classical mixture of Tempranillo, Graciano and a little Mazuelo. Excellent now
Variety Tempranillo
Body Full Bodied
Oak Type French & American
Vintage 2010
Region Rioja
Country Spain
Sustainability Sustainable
Alcohol 13.5%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Cork
Carlos Serres
Established in 1896 by Frenchman Carlos Serres, the winery is one of the longest established houses in Rioja and was key to the development and success of the region.



Today’s winery still respects the legacy and traditions of its founder: Concrete tanks protect the fruit characters and expressions of each of the varieties with the continuous micro-oxygenation produced by their natural porosity.



The Bordeaux style, established by Carlos Serres, giving the wine its spicy, vanillin notes, still comes from using French and American oak barrels from the best coopers, slumbering in the brand new 5000-barrel cellar. All this with an architectural style that fuses a century of history with modern design.
Rioja
Rioja is located in the south of the Cantabrian Mountains along the Ebro river in the north of Spain. The region also has a river called Rio Oja, which is where the region likely gained its name. There are three main regions in Rioja, with each of them producing quite unique expressions of Rioja wines.



To the west is Rioja Alta, in the higher elevated area. This sub-region is renowned for its old-world wines that are often lighter on the palate due to the higher altitude. The wines coming out of Rioja Alavesa on the other hand are fuller bodies, with higher acid levels than those from Rioja Alta. The third area, Rioja Baja is the warmest and driest of all, and can in summer months can be exposed to very high temperatures drought so irrigation is now permitted in the region.



The reds (tinto) wines of Rioja are generally blends of Tempranillo and Garnacha with lesser amounts of Graciano and Mazuelo. Amongst the white (bianco) varieties, Viura is the most common though normally blended with Malvasia or Garnacha Blanc. Plenty of interesting Rosé wines are produced, most commonly from the Garnacha variety. Note that wineries in Spain are commonly referred to as bodegas.
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Michael Schachner
This floral, somewhat light-bodied wine is a traditional blend of Tempranillo, Graciano and Mazuelo. It’s elegant in its delivery of cherry and raspberry aromas, and the palate is crisp and pure, with pulse. Cherry, cassis, vanilla and molasses flavors finish long and smooth. What a great upper-end value; drink now through 2018. - Wine Enthusiast 31/12/2013

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