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This stunning Finca los Principes release was crafted by a super-talented winemaker from an outstanding single vineyard of old Tempranillo and Garnacha vines. It's a Rioja that pays homage to the traditional style of Rioja but one with a spring in its step. This smooth raspberry and cranberry-kissed wine is a beauty with lithe fruit notes and no ugly lingering tannins or woodwork. If you like unruffled, languid reds with silky notes and haunting mulberry and fresh herb flavours then this is your wine.
From an old bodega of prime vineyards in Alfaro, Rioja, that has an enviable reputation for making first class wines in the traditional Rioja style. Wine has been made here for six generations now.
What can we tell you about Rioja that you don't already know? Spain pre-eminent wine region has long held the crown, producing wines that were aged both in cask and bottle, according to a rigid quality scheme, to deliver the utmost seduction. Wines that would far rather give you a great big, warm hug than ask you if you'd spilled their pint.
Type: Tempranillo blend
It reads Rioja Crianza on the label, but this doesn't begin to tell us the precision afforded on this wine. Only fruit from antediluvian vineyards was used, hand-picked almost to the berry. Not to be confused with big, branded Rioja found on supermarket shelves as there's so much more here.
Everything about this wine screams classic Rioja. From the process used during harvest to the gorgeous old vine Tempranillo used. The result is of the highest quality. Regal plumy notes with a balanced spice that is just delicious.
This is single vineyard stock, from the La Caņada block, a small piece of hallowed turf that Pilar, the winemaker, singled out for us. We asked for a top-drawer young wine - she delivered a wine with juicy freshness and a bright purity that shines in the glass.
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