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2014 Sierra De La Demanda Rioja

ITEM 8243511 - Removed from a professional wine storage facility; Purchased at retail

Bidder Amount Total
$25
Item Sold Amount Date
I8264271 1 $20 Jun 12, 2022
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RATINGS

92James Suckling

I like the mineral, stone and dark berry character. Hints of lemon rind. Medium body, bright acidity and a focused finish. An enjoyable linear edge to it.

91Vinous / IWC

Spice-accented black raspberry and cherry on the nose, accompanied by smoky oak spice accents and a hint of licorice. Cherry liqueur, cassis and mocha flavors show very good clarity and a spicy edge of white pepper...finishes silky and quite long, delivering building tannins, a touch of gaminess and lingering dark fruit preserve character.

17Jancis Robinson

...very lively sweet, fresh red fruits with a hint of strawberry but no sickliness whatsoever. Really fresh and satisfying... Very refined and long. Exciting.

REGION

Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.