Sierra Cantabria was founded by Guillermo Eguren, a self-made bodeguero, who followed a family tradition of vine growers. Today, the fourth generation of the Eguren family directs all aspects of the winemaking process, with Marcos Eguren as the winemaker and director of operations and his brother Miguel Angel Eguren as the general manager.
The goal of El Puntido Gran Reserva is to express the mineral expression of this unique single vineyard. The single vineyard wines of Vinedos de Paganos represent the terrain that the vineyards are planted on. El Puntido Gran Reserva is the result of a selection for the fruit from the lowest yielding vines. The grapes are rigorously sorted and destemmed by hand, berry by berry.
Vinedos de Paganos Rioja Gran Reserva El Puntido 2006 is pure Tempranillo grapes from the Puntido vineyard that are selected from the eastern-most part of the vineyard close to Laguardia, which is more exposed to the north winds and gives a wine of marked tannins that needs more time in barrel and is ideal to create a Gran Reserva. This wine ages for 24-26 months in barrel and is kept in bottle for a further five years. The 2006 is still dark ruby-colored, with an open and expressive nose of leather, cold bonfire, incense and steak tartar notes and a medium-bodied palate with some gritty tannins and very pure flavors where the leather and meaty notes linger in the aftertaste. This is the most classical wine I’ve ever seen from the Eguren family, and an exceptional effort for the 2006 vintage. Modernity meets tradition!