2012 Finca Antigua Crianza
Tastes Like: Dried Red Fruit, Toasted Coconut, Tobacco
This remarkable winery has a history that dates back to 1889. In 2003 the modern estate was established by siblings Carlos and Pilar Martínez-Bujanda Irribarria. Their vision is to utilize the latest technologies while staying true to their family’s centuries-old traditions.
Located in the central Iberian peninsula, La Mancha is one of Spain’s largest and oldest wine regions. High altitudes, loam and limestone soils, and diurnal temperature fluctuations create optimal growing conditions for grapes. Finca Antigua’s vineyards are renowned by old vines (for which the property is named) that produce superbly concentrated, structured wines. Look out Rioja – there’s a new kid on the block!
The 2012 vintage is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 10% Syrah. Intense aromas of toasted oak and spice bring out layered flavors of clove, tobacco, and dark red fruits on the palate. 14 months oak aging results in well-integrated tannins and balanced acidity, leading to a suave and deliciously long finish. All the plush textures and seamless flavors of a Rioja Reserva, at half the price!