The Spanish town of Cenicero is backdropped by snow-covered mountains, sprawling vineyards, and valleys. This scenery, along with narrow cobblestone streets lined with 130-year-old homes, makes Cenicero a rich environment for both wine lovers and tourists. One winery in particular, Marqués de Cáceres, has played an important part in elevating the region’s status.
Henri Forner, patriarch of Marqués de Cáceres, and his family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in Bordeaux, where he spent his time restoring two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon, both known for producing world class wines. Despite all of his accomplishments in France, Henri longed to go home. He did just that in 1968, and two years later established the Rioja bodega Marqués de Cáceres. He utilized many of the winemaking techniques he learned from his time in Bordeaux and went onto produce exceptional wines without crazy prices.
That tradition continues to this day. In fact, Marqués de Cáceres 2012 Rioja Reserva made #19 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 of 2017- and Vine & Table is pleased to offer it for just $19.99! This beautifully balanced and polished wine has an alluring nose that promises much and most definitely delivers on the palate. There is a certain earthiness that underpins seamless dark cherry, raspberry and blueberry with just a hint of vanilla and tobacco on the lengthy finish. An impressive blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% Graciano is put together with your drinking pleasure in mind. This exceeds expectations of wines twice the price- with 7 years bottle aging under its belt, all the hard work is done!! Do yourself a favor, get a case, share it with friends and start creating memories. 93 pt.- Wine Spectator.
Buy online: Marqués de Cáceres Reserva 2012 – $19.99
Peter Ryan, Vine & Table Wine Buyer