Rioja from a small producer who makes a variety of tintos and this one, being made entirely from Mazuelo, is a real gem for those who enjoy Rioja that is more in the spiced, pulpy black fruit direction. Aged in American oak for 8 months then subsequently aged in bottle for months before release. From older vines located in Nalda (625 m.a.s.l.) - one of the highest elevation areas of La Rioja Alta.
This is not your typical Rioja. While the majority of red wines from Rioja are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha, with a smaller portion of Graciano and Mazuelo making appearances, this beauty is made entirely from Mazuelo (also known as Carignan, maybe you've heard of it?). The result is a juicy, fragrant and floral wine filled with rich red fruit and laced with baking spices. As it opens up a slight minerality comes through, but really this wine is all about fresh cherry and blackberry.
I've enjoyed this one several times on its own, but it also pairs wonderfully with many dishes. I'd recommend drinking this with roast duck breast, pork belly, cured meats, aged cheeses or roasted squash dishes.
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...
In Rioja, a synonym for Carignan.
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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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