Juan Carlos Sancha Rioja Pena El Gato 2012

Synopsis, Our Opinion: It was an OUTSTANDING Rioja!!!

Producer/Winery: Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha; Baños de Río Tobía, Spain.

Grape Variety: Grenache.

Geographic Appellation: Rioja, Spain.

Vintage: 2012

Price: $28.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)

Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Paired With: Roast beef in Marsala gravy with mushrooms, mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli with garlic and lemon juice.


    Opened and decanted one hour before drinking. Opaque, dark purple color with a slightly lighter rim. Jumping up and down WOW aroma…warm Pennsylvania mushroom house smell with lots of cherry, raspberry and hints of smoke. A powerful, yet smooth, strong medium body and an opulent mouth-feel; concentrated and layered raspberry, cherry and sweet spice flavors that stay through the long finish that’s full of fine structured tannins, just the right amount of acidity and a dry finish with a slightly peppery end. This was an unbelievably intense, but elegant wine and a truly MEMORABLE Rioja. Sipping this wine was like a 10 second quarter mile in a Super Seven…wild, jumping and exhilarating at the beginning, intoxicating euphoria half way through and in just a blink of the eye, catching your breath and regaining your composure after the finish…WOW what a ride!!! It was an OUTSTANDING Rioja!!!

Juan Carlos Sancha in his Rioja, Spain vineyard
Photo from Bodegas Juan Carlos Sancha.
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Alcohol Content: 13%

Closure: Natural cork.

UPC Code: 7 50428 21337 6

Imported by: C & P Wines; New York, New York.