Castillo de Cuzcurrita Senorio de Cuzcurrita Rioja Reserva, Spain 2015
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Castillo de Cuzcurrita Senorio de Cuzcurrita Rioja Reserva, Spain 2015
Castillo de Cuzcurrita Senorio de Cuzcurrita Rioja Reserva, Spain 2015

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On the very edge of La Rioja you’ll find Castillo de Cuzcurrita, a castle dating back to the 14th Century.  The property was bought by a family in 2000 and Ana Martin was put in charge of making wine from the 18.5 acres of vines within its walls as well as the vineyards surrounding it.  A Basque native, Martin has been making wine all over Spain since the 1980s with other winemakers like Jose Hidalgo and in her hometown at Bodegas Itsas Mendi among others.  A force to be reckoned with and a leader amongst female winemakers in Spain, she brings a new care and style to Cuzcurrita.  The last 2 decades have evolved into a careful attention to the grapes with hand harvesting, hand sorting, and gravity fed processing.  She chooses to use only Tempranillo instead of the usual blend with Garnacha, Graciano, and Mazuelo and uses French Oak instead of the American Oak typically used in the wines of Rioja.   Señorio de Cuzcurrita ages for 19 months in barrel and 2 years in the bottle before release, fitting the requirments of a Rioja Reserva.

 

In 2016 Master of Wine Tim Atkin began ranking the wineries of Rioja similarly to the 1855 Classification of Bordeaux.  This year, Castillo de Cuzcurrita is proud to be included amongst some of the most iconic producers of the region as a First Growth in Rioja. A stunning and balanced expression of Tempranillo, Señorio de Cuzcurrita shows savory herbs, ripe fruit, and an elegance worthy of its recent accolades.

 

Varieties: 100% Tempranillo

 

Alcohol: 14%

 

Farming: Organic

 

Ageing: 19 Months in 30% New French Oak

 

Soil: Gravel, Clay, and Loam

 

Serving Temperature: 56-58 Degrees

 

Glassware: Burgundy Glass

 

Drinking Window: Now-2028

 

Decanting: 30 Minutes

 

 

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