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Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2016

Rioja DOCa

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  • 90.5pts, Concurso Internacional de Vinos AkataVino Sumilleres de Espa, 2019
  • Silver, International Wine Awards, 2019
  • 91pts, James Suckling, 2019
  • Gold, China Wine & Spirits Awards (CWSA), 2019
  • 90pts, Guia Peñin, 2019
  • 91pts, Tim Atkin Report, 2019
  • Great Gold, Mono Vino, 2019
  • 88pts, blindtasted.com (Andreas Larsson), 2019
  • Best Wine Over £10, Wines of Spain Awards, 2019

Trophy for 'Best Red over £10' plus a trio of Golds make this Rioja Crianza unmissable. It's from Haut-Brion trained winemaker, Jean Marc Sauboua, at his wonderful bodega in the sky, Altos. Silky, elegant with tangy fruit, violets and gentle spice.

Beyond the Label

Tasting notes

Tangy cherry fruit, dark chocolate and violet edge, silky tannins

Aroma

Blueberry, cherry, dark chocolate and violet cream

Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2016

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  • 13.5% ABV
  • 10.13 Units
  • 750.00 ml
  • 31 December, 2022

Bordeaux-born Jean-Marc Sauboua has been our Trophy-winning winemaker at Château La Clarière for many vintages. In 2006, he decided to start a winery of his own and, with Spanish blood, decided Rioja was his destination. His aim: to make a Grand Cru of Rioja. He has no vineyards, but works with the same growers he has since the start. The mature vineyards lie above 700 metres, the highest in all Rioja, to ensure a really elegant, modern style of wine. He's won 125 Golds since 2006, as well as Trophies for Winery of the Year, Rioja of the Year and recently Trophy for this red. He works with the very talented Hector Gomez to produce his prize winning range. This is his finest Crianza yet. Aged a year in part new oak, it's silky and elegant.

"Mixed delicious violets and lavender with dark plums and treacle tart. Very fresh with tangy acidity" James Suckling
91 Points
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