Dinastía Manzanos Oak Aged Rioja 2016

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SKU:
2576516
Alcohol:
13.5%
Vintage:
2016
Appellation:
Rioja DOCa
Grape:
Tempranillo-based blend

The Manzanos family have been making wine in Rioja since 1890 – and today, fifth-generation brothers Victor and David are taking their name – and quality – to greater-than-ever heights.

In celebration of the proud legacy left behind by their late father, Victor and David asked their award-winning winemaker, Borja Ripa, to seek out the finest parcels of Tempranillo from their oldest (and best) vineyards, located in the sleepy villages of Azagra, San Adrián, and Adeanueva de Ebro.

Row by row (and in some cases, vine by vine) Borja hand-selected clusters of grapes that he deemed worthy of his new project. The fruit was so pristine, he also grabbed a bit of old-vine Graciano and Garnacha and gave only a tiny portion of the wine time in oak barrels – just enough to impart a subtle, spicy note. Letting the pure fruit character shine through was his top priority, making it, as he says, “a true taste of our best vineyards, worthy of the Manzanos dynasty.”

It’s worthy all right – judges at three top, international wine shows (including the 2017 Decanter World Wine Awards) were impressed. And you will be too.

Dinastía’s concentration and depth really stand out (the intense color in the glass is your first clue that you’re in for something great). Fragrant plum, strawberry, and dark berries greet your nose, followed by waves of ripe red and black fruit on the palate. The finish is long, smooth as silk, and framed by delicate anise notes. A fantastic partner for lamb, cured meats, robust vegetarian cuisine, cheeses, and more.

Do not delay ordering this ‘legacy’ red – made in strictly limited quantities (in order to spare poor Borja from total exhaustion!). Hurry.