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2014 Benjamin Rothschild & Vega Sicilia Macan Clásico

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar; Purchased at retail

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92+ The Wine Advocate

...good consistency, juicy, integrated and balanced.

92Vinous / IWC

...raspberry liqueur, baking spice, vanilla and cola scents, along with suggestions of candied violet and woodsmoke. Fleshy and deeply concentrated, offering palate-coating red and blue fruit liqueur flavors that are given spine by a core of vibrant acidity. The spice and floral notes repeat emphatically on the long, sweet finish...

92Wine Enthusiast

Rooty aromas of foresty berry fruits...deep and flush on the palate. Oaky berry flavors are a touch soft and mushy... Wood spice and bacon flavors on the finish are welcome...


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.