Acentor Garnacha Rioja

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Rioja D.O.Ca.
100% Garnacha
650 m. limestone - ferrous soil with a lot of stones in the surface
Farming Methods
Sustainable methods, including Integrated Pest Management
Hand harvested into small boxes
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and Malo 50% in French oak
Aged for 10 months in used French oak barrels
Suggested Retail Price
Wine Name
Acentor Garnacha Rioja 2020
89 (VfC) 88 (WS)
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89 View from the Cellar The 2020 Garnacha bottling of Rioja from Acentor is made entirely from this varietal, with half of the cuvée undergoing malolactic fermentation in new French oak barrels. The wine is then aged for ten months in older casks and then given a year’s worth of bottle aging in the cellars prior to release. The 2020 version comes in at 14.5 percent alcohol and delivers a lovely nose of red and black raspberries, fruitcake, Rioja spice tones, stony soil, a touch of garrigue and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is bright, ripe and full-bodied, with good soil signature, ripe tannins, good focus and just a wisp of backend heat perking up the long, chewy and nascently complex finish. This has a lot of personality for its price point (under twenty dollars in the US), but will need some time in the cellar to soften up before it starts to drink with generosity. It will be a tasty bottle once the tannins fade a bit. 2030-2060.
John Gilman - Issue #103 January/February 2023.
88 Wine Spectator Fresh and balanced, this light- to medium-bodied red knits light, chalky tannins with cherry, plum, floral and herb flavors. An appealing sipper on its own or with light fare. Drink now. 450 cases made, 450 cases imported.
Alison Napjus – Issue Dec. 15, 2023
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