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Sierra de la Demanda Tinto

Sierra de la Demanda Tinto

Sierra de la Demanda is one of the most fascinating unknown territories of the Rioja region. Geographically speaking, Rioja is a valley that goes from East to West. Located to the north the mountains of Sierra Cantabria and to the South the unknown mountains of Sierra de La Demanda, where the vineyards of this special wine are located. The north facing vineyards of Sierra de la Demanda experience cooler temperatures resulting in grapes that are able to ripen more slowly hence showcasing flavors of greater balance and focus. In addition to the cooler conditions of this area, the parcels were these old vines are tended are extremely small and steep. This terrain is almost impossible to mechanize; all the important vineyard work needs to be done by hand. The majority of the people who own these vineyards are local farmers who do not make wine, they only grow grapes, which in exchange they sell at top prices to the big bodegas mostly located in the north of the valley near the train tracks. In the case of this special wine, Sierra de la Demanda, both the vineyard work and winemaking is handled by the same people. This farm-winemaking unity is always a key factor to fashioning superior wines. Lastly and most importantly in Sierra de La Demanda we find among the oldest Garnacha vines of Rioja. As the name states, Sierra de la Demanda is a wine of place – a place that produces wines of longevity, precision and minerality.

What makes this wine unique?

A pure, full of precision Rioja wine produced in the highest elevation vineyards located in the Sierra de la Demanda territory of Rioja. Ancient vines of Garnacha planted in 1930. Vines are tended in mineral soils of silica which are very unique and rare in Rioja.

Rating history:

2013 95JS


75% Garnacha, 20% Tempranillo, 5% Viura. Sustainably grown vines planted in 1930. Tended in red silica soil at 700 m (2, 296 ft) elevation

Pairing Suggestions:

Sierra de la Demanda makes a great match with salmon or other fatty fish, roasted chicken, duck and other game birds, casseroles or, of course, stews like beef bourguignon.

Vinification and ageing:

Harvest takes place during the first week of November. These are indeed the last vineyards to be harvested in the Rioja region. After 48 hours of cold maceration and 28 days of whole cluster fermentation. Once fermentation is finished the wine is age for 20 months in French oak barrels, out of which the first 6 months the wine is exposed to its own lees.


234 cases

Location, Soil, Climate:

Organically grown vines planted from 1930. Tended in silica soil at 700 m (2,296 ft) elevation, which is 400ft higher than the vineyards of Rioja Alta. Average temperatura during the Aptil - October growing season: 16.3C (61.5F). Annual rainfall: 465 mm (18.3')

Tasting notes:

An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, peppery spices and fresh flowers, with a touch of pipe tobacco in the background. Gently sweet and floral on the palate, offering intense blueberry and black raspberry flavors that tighten up on the back half. Energetic, precise wine with strong closing lift and spicy persistence; subtle tannins build slowly and add shape.

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Alberto Orte

All photos: Friederike Paetzold