Bodegas Amaren,

Carraquintana de Amaren – FINE WINE SALE

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Bottle size: 750 ml,

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This is a brand new, single vineyard release from Bodegas Amaren which we were lucky enough to try from barrel whilst visiting the Bodega in March 2019. This wine blew our minds and was the standout in a very impressive selection. Bueno!

Jon Cañas (Luis Cañas’ grandson) is the imaginative winemaker behind Bodegas Amaren.

Jon has been granted free rein to explore the character of Alavesa’s vineyards, giving us a raw, modern interpretation of Rioja Alavesa. Bodegas Amaren is comprised of some of best and highest altitude vineyards around the villages of Samaniego and Leza, where the soil is poor and gnarly vines, ageing up to and over 100 years old, produces small bunches, perfect for making highly concentrated Rioja wines.

Category: SKU: c902b497eb97
In The Cellar
Upon entering the bodega, bunches are carefully selected before being destemmed so the individual berries can be sorted based on their weight. Grapes are premacerated at 8ºC for five days. Only the most perfect grapes are allowed to pass to wooden vats of French oak for fermentation, which lasts seven days. The resulting wine is then racked to new French oak barrels for malolactic fermentation, during which the lees are pumped over periodically. The wine is later clarified with egg white to obtain a well-rounded wine with excellent oak integration. A total of 14 months in new 500L. French oak barrels from a selection of oak forests in central France.

In The Vineyard
Grown with a sustainable and rational viticulture system, Amaren are committed both to the pursuit of top quality grapes and to the preservation of biodiversity and the environment. They practice "à la carte" viticulture, which means that each vine is treated according to its own needs (variety, phenological stage and weather conditions).
Dark cherry colour with black undertones and red hues. This blend that includes 10% white Malvasia creates a wonderfully floral and delicate nose that is unusual for a red wine. There is excellent conentration of dark red fruit from the majority of old vine Tempranillo. The palate is well structured and more powerful than the nose suggests, and has a tenaciously fruity and long finish.