Bodegas Amaren, Crianza, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 2017
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.
The grapes used to produce Amaren come from vines situated in the highest parts of the vineyards where the soil is poor, thus obtaining small bunches of grapes which allow for perfect ripening with highly concentrated nuances. Bodegas Amaren owns 22 hectares of more than 60 year old vines, and a further 30 hectares of vines aged between 30 and 60 years old, with low yields and are situated in some of the best plots in Rioja. The grapes used for Amaren Crianza are processed and aged separately to preserve the fruit of the Tempranillo and enhance the complexity of the Graciano.
Upon entering the bodega and passing the selection table, the grapes are de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing fermentation and then maceration in stainless steel tanks for a total of 8 days, obtaining better colour extraction as well as much more complex wines, suitable for prolonged ageing. The wine is clarified and finished with anicrobic filltration.
Type: New American, second and third year French
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 50
A lovely ruby red colour, with a clean balsamic nose and nuances of plum and clean oak. Smooth, fruity and spice flavours with toasted oak in the background. Complex and structured. A pleasant finish with red fruits and a hint of eucalyptus.
Recommended for game, red meats and ripe cheeses.
6 x 75cl