The Manzanos brothers make a range of customer favourite Riojas at their family estate. Then just over the border, into Navarra, they also own vineyards and there make this bright fruit red. All Tempranillo, it is silky with deep berry flavour.
If you enjoy Rioja, you're very likely to have drunk one or two from the 125 year old Manzanos cellar. It has been run since 2010 by the fifth generation, the brothers David and Victor, thrust into the limelight by the untimely death of their father. Both in their early 20s, they took up the challenge and have been making us some fabulous Riojas since. They also have a top notch winery just to the north east in Navarra, a region that champions both innovation and tradition (here was one of the first to trial Cabernet Sauvignon and make some bold, bright reds 30 years or so back). 2019 has been called a vintage of "maximum quality" albeit small in quantity, so expect lots of deep ripe fruit and juicy length in this enjoyable Tempranillo.
"An easy-going, thoroughly delicious Tempranillo. Not Rioja, but from next door Navarra"
Beth Willard Buyer for Spain