6 Unit Box Manuel Quintano El Pionero 2014
The roots of Rioja
- Year 2014
D.O. Ca. Rioja
> 60 years
Time in Bottle
Suggested temperature for serving
Awards & accolades
Manuel Quintano was a historical character in XVIII century as the precursor of the modern Rioja we know. Solagüen wineries wanted to honour his memory with the firm “cum laude” wine: Manuel Quintano Reserva Especial. A red wine that comes from very old vineyards with average age of 55 years, located at an altitude between 500 and 600 meters in Labastida town, the heart of Rioja best area.
Made with 100% Tempranillo. The grapes were macerated in cold for 72 hours immediately reaching the wine cellar. The fermentation was carried out at 28°C in cement tanks with a constant thermal control, with 16-day maceration with the skins and with free running off performed by gravity. Later, it underwent spontaneous 45-day malolactic fermentation in the reservoirs. This wine was aged for 30 months with stirring every 8-10 months in American oak barrels selected in Pennsylvania and Missouri. Finally, the wine was matured for other 24 months in the bottle.
The objective of this wine has been the complex and elegant expression of a long-stay barrelled reserva, introducing Garnacha, similar to the way reservas were created in the first half of the 20th century, before the intensive viticulture appeared.
The wine is characterized by an intense colour, with a spicy and smoky notes aroma, a black fruit background (blackberries, blueberries), a complex, rounded taste on the palate, spicy, with hints of jam in its aftertaste.
- Colour A deep cherry-red wine with a medium-high depth.
- Nose Aromas of black fruit and fruit compote, spices, baked goods and dairy products.
- Palate A long retro nasal sensation, that lasts on the palate. Elegant and silky.
- Food pairing This wine pairs well with white meats such as chicken and turkey, stews, vegetable dishes, rice, tapas and semi-cured cheeses.