Alabaster 2016, the best red wine in Spain

30 Sierra Cantabria Wines Awarded 90 – 100 points in the Peñín Guide and on James Suckling’s List
6 August, 2019
  • The wine guide Guía Vivir el Vino, in its publication 365 Vinos al Año 2020 (365 Wines a Year), has chosen Alabaster 2016 as the “Best Red”.
  • The guide Guía Gourmets 2020 gave 19 wines in the group scores of over 90 points, among them the ‘Teso La Monja’, ‘Alabaster’ and ‘Sierra Cantabria CVC’, which all received the maximum score of 99 points.

This has been a year filled with success and acknowledgement of the Eguren family’s work in the wine sector. This week we have received scores from another two nationally and internationally renowned guides, Guía Gourmets and Vivir el Vino.

The wine guide Guía Vivir el Vino 365 Vinos al Año 2020 has chosen Alabaster 2016 as its “Best Red”

 

The wine made it into the Magnificent 11, chosen by the selection panel of Vivir el Vino, led by Raúl Serrano, from among 1,600 samples, taking into account strict criteria.

Alabaster comes from pre-phylloxera vines, that are almost 130 years old, belonging to the Teso La Monja vineyard, with Denomination of Origin Toro, situated in the town of Valdefinjas near Zamora, of which a little over 4,000 bottles are produced.

Guía Vinos Gourmets 2020 Wine Guide – The 99 League Awards

This year 20 wines received the score of 99/100 points (the maximum score allowed by the Guide), among which were three of the wines from the Sierra Cantabria Wineries and Vineyards: Sierra Cantabria CVC Segunda Edición (second edition) (DOC La Rioja), Teso La Monja 2015 and Alabaster 2017 (DO Toro).

 

`Sierra Cantabria CVC Segunda Edición´ is one of our most exclusive projects in La Rioja, with a very limited production (2,000 bottles); it represents tradition combined with the authenticity of a vineyard. From the 1.49 hectare ‘San Pelayo’ vineyard, situated in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Sierra Cantabria CVC Segunda Edición is a union of three vintages, 2006, 2008 and 2011, with an average ageing time of almost 8 years.

Both the first and second edition of this wine have been awarded with the guide’s top score, 99 points.

‘Teso La Monja 2015’ has once again won an award and finds itself again in the ‘99 League’. This wine has become a star in the world of wine, chosen because of its special characteristics. It is the third time that it has been chosen to be part of this select club, with 99 points, having previously had the honour with its 2009 and 2012 vintages.

‘Alabaster 2017’. This is the fourth time that Alabaster has been awarded 99 points, to become part of the ‘99 League’. A decade has already passed since the first time it was awarded this honour, with its 2007 vintage, going on to repeat the experience again in 2010 and 2012.

 

 

THE BEST OF THE GUÍA GOURMETS GUIDE 2020

Winery Wine Age Score
TESO LA MONJA Alabaster 2017 99
TESO LA MONJA Teso La Monja 2015 99
TESO LA MONJA Victorino 2017 97
TESO LA MONJA Almirez 2017 94
SEÑORÍO DE SAN VICENTE San Vicente 2016 98
SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria Garnacha 2016 94
SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria 2018 91
SIERRA CANTABRIA Murmurón 2018 90
SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Ca ntabria 2018 90
VIÑEDOS DE PÁGANOS La Nieta 2017 98
VIÑEDOS DE PÁGANOS El Puntido 2016 97
VIÑEDOS DE PÁGANOS Calados del Puntido 2015 93
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria CVC 2ª Edición 99
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Amancio 2016 98
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Finca El Bosque 2017 97
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria Colección Privada 2017 96
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria Mágico 2016 96
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria Organza 2017 93
Viñedos SIERRA CANTABRIA Sierra Cantabria Cuvée 2015 93

The purity of the terroir

Five generations of winegrowers, with roots in San Vicente de la Sonsierra, have woven a long history of mutual understanding between man and vine, to extract the virtues of a unique variety, the Tempranillo, applying all of the necessary efforts to capture its expressiveness in exceptional wines of the utmost purity and rooted in the terroir.

Marcos Eguren, at the head of the winegrowing side of the business, and Miguel Eguren, who manages as the President of the Group, are leading a project to search for wines that evoke the vineyard, with a lot of versatility and personality. Guillermo, father of the current generation that now holds the reins of the winery group, considers himself above all to be a collector of vineyards. And that is the message received by his sons, who have done an excellent job at looking after the vineyards, showing maximum respect for the fruit in the winery, with their philosophy for obtaining wines that have become modern day classics: wines that stand the test of time, that combine fruit, potency and structure with elegance, freshness and subtlety.

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