Bodegas Amaren, Ángeles de Amaren, Rioja, Spain, 2015
Bodegas Amaren, meaning ‘of my mother’ in Basque pays homage to Ángeles, the mother of Juan Luis Cañas, owner of Bodegas Luis Cañas. Ángeles dedicated her life to the winery with a fierce passion to produce only the highest quality wines. In 2009 Juan created a winery dedicated to making wines that represent the pioneering ambition of his mother. Grapes are hand harvested and vineyard plots are categorised according to quality. These wines are so good five of the seven 3-star Michelin restaurants in Spain feature them on their menus.
With a powerful nose featuring spice, fruit and soft oak, this wine, aged for 18 months in 100% new French oak, is a true delight. The 15% of Graciano in the blend supplies a brilliant shimmer adding lift and freshness to the deeper and more brooding temperment of the inherently spicy Tempranillo. A beautiful wine by any standard and one that goes with a variety of dishes from mild curries to foie-gras.
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