Grape Variety: Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo
Aging Potential: Drink now through 2022
Serving Temperature: 16 °C
Alcohol Level: 14.5%
The vertical of Cirsion, the Bodega’s flagship, begins with the 2007 Cirsion. Purple/black in color, it offers up an aromatic array of pain grille, pencil lead, Asian spices, licorice, balsamic, and blackberry. On the palate it is medium to full-bodied, spicy, and dense, but a bit more narrow than examples from the finest years.
1987, Mario Rotllant arrived in the Rioja region determined to fulfil his dream of setting up his own winery. Rotllant had experience in the world of wine and knew some of the most important contacts in the sector. His ambition was clear: to make a unique Rioja, one that was different from all the others. He transmitted his enthusiasm to a team who would become the pillars of the project: Agustín Santolaya, who would take the reins, Isidro Palacios, who would look after the vineyards, and Carlos Diez, who would be responsible for oenology and the winery. They chose Haro, the birthplace of Rioja, to begin their work. They settled in the city’s Estación district and built a winery without equal, taking in both the tradition of the deeply hewn incisions in the native rock and the most advanced technology. Unfortunately, the choice of land proved more
difficult. Their idea was to use the production of a single vineyard in the style of the French “chateaux”, but there were no estates to be found which met all the conditions they sought. Finding the right vineyards took long months of analysis, soil study and examination of localities. Finally, 17 different areas of vineyard were selected, all bearing common features: old vines established in poor soils with a proven history of vine growing, each individually capable of producing magnificent wines.
|Classification||Rioja Alta Reserva|
|Style||Full Body, Dry|
|Grape Variety||Graciano, Grenache, Tempranillo|
|Wine Closure||Natural Cork|
|Robert Parker||92+ Points|
|Wine Spectator||92 Points|