A vibrant Rioja with fresh blackberry fruit aromas and bright acidity. This is a young Rioja wine that is made from 100% Tempranillo that has been de-stemmed and fermented with native yeasts. It comes from Rioja Baja from a mere five hectare estate nestled high up in the mountains at 700 meters a.s.l. Very giving at the table and works well with everything from schnitzel to lasagna to roasted bass. Very drinkable on its own and best with the slightest chill. Unoaked.
Are you like me? Do you have a cellar? Do you have the money for constant temperature control and humidifier? Do you have the patience to drink a bottle 20 years after you bought it? Me neither!
This young Rioja is showing great fruit and surprising complexity right now rather than when we have a few more wrinkles. Notes of hibiscus, mint, cardamom, thyme, and juicy dark red fruits abound. The acid makes for a refreshing finish.
Look, old Riojas are fantastic; don't let anyone tell you different. But until I can pay the bills writing wine reviews (HA!), I don't see myself laying down bottles for a couple of decades. Thank goodness there's young Rioja like this.
Central to the Spanish winemaking philosophy is the belief that wine should be released only when it is ready to be consumed, and not a moment before. Spanish wine law focuses squarely on this issue: the terms Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva are highly regulated indicators of the amount of time a wine has aged prior to its release. In Rioja, Navarra, and the Ribera del Duero (which have the...
A.k.a. Cencibel. Just about synonymous with Spanish wine, the red Tempranillo grape has now fully won over the hearts and minds of critics and amateur oenophiles all over the world. The best bottles are powerful and ageworthy, and are beginning to fetch prices you'd never have expected from Spanish wines just a few years ago. Tempranillo is often used in blends with Bordeaux grapes such as...
The origin of Spanish winemaking, Rioja has been the benchmark for Spanish wines in the international market for over two hundred years, and remains so to this day. Tempranillo is the star of the red wines here, though its expression can vary wildly from producer to producer. Traditionally-styled Riojas tend to be subtle and soft, and often have high levels of acidity to ensure their survival...
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