Liebana, Cantabria

Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Crianza Rioja Tempranillo

2010. $40 from city wine cellars. A little tannic and a little complex, with a little extra dryness compared to most Riojas. — 16 days ago

Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco

Rosado Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2019

Off the truck into the freezer & into the glass. Buy a case if you can find it.
K&L and
Winery notes, Based in the Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is a truly original bodega producing tasty, characterful wine for laughably low prices. They grow all their own grapes in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and visible snow covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Rosado is made from Garnacha and white Viura grapes in a typical "clarete" style for which this river valley is justly famous (the vineyards that Muga sources for their popular rosé are not too far away). Bright red berries, juicy blood orange and ripe citrus fruit combine to produce this mouthwatering, delicious rosé. You simply must try this one.
— 2 months ago

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Right off the truck, no kidding!
Helen Arvanitopoulos

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The description youvr just said has got me salivating

R. López de Heredia

Viña Bosconia Reserva Rioja Tempranillo Blend 2005

Blend of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacha (15%) and Graciano (5%) from the El Bosque vineyard, hence its name. Located at the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, this vineyard was historically known as Viña Borgoña due to the presence of Pinot Noir. Aged for 5 years in oak. Elegant, serious wine. Dark ruby, orange hues. Complex nose with aromas of dark fruit, leather, herbs (fennel, mint, licorice), dark chocolate, cedar and smoke. Fresh, lots of red fruit on the palate. High acidity. 2005 and still so young. — 3 months ago

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Bodegas Sierra Cantabria

Finca El Bosque Rioja Tempranillo 2016

Just okay. Maybe needs more time but never went anywhere. May never be a decent value, especially given the vintage. — 19 days ago

Bodegas Pedro Martínez Alesanco

Blanco 2020

For the price👍🏼
Winery notes as follows

Based in the Southern Rioja Alta village of Badarán, Martínez Alesanco is bodega producing expressive, regionally specific wines at very reasonable prices. They are entirely self reliant in grapes, all of which are grown in their home village of Badarán, one of the coldest zones of Rioja Alta. The vineyards are closer to the Sierra de la Demanda mountains, a range whose elevation and snow-covered peaks are even more dramatic than the Sierra Cantabria range to the north. Martínez Alesanco's Blanco is made from equal parts Viura, White Tempranillo, Malvasia, and Sauvignon Blanc in iron-rich clay soils. In fact, this red-tinged, iron-laden clay marks the wines as noticeably as it does the homes and structures of this structures of this off-the-beaten-path, soulful Rioja village. Given the coolness of the harvest combined with Badarán's unique colder climate, this is a zippy and bone dry white that makes for a perfect aperitivo or foil to fresh oysters, sushi, anchoas, jamon, you name it. Crisp, lively, ever so drinkable white.
— 2 months ago

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