A reserva wine from the Rioja region requires a minimum aging of three years before release. This bottle is from a fantastic vintage and goes well beyond the minimum aging requirements. It's a must for collectors and still has lots of life to it. Unfiltered, and made with as little intervention as possible, this is a wine that is drinking incredibly well today. A natural match with beef dishes from skirt steak to NY strip. Decant.
Rioja is a region of contrast, contradictions and extremes. It is extremely modern, and extremely classic. The wines are both refined and rustic, rich and round, lean and focused, and everything in between. Somehow, all of this exist in a single region and represents a crossroads in contemporary wine culture. It can often be difficult to know what you're getting when choosing a bottle of wine but that's part of the fun!
Let me introduce you to a bottle that I think really speaks of Rioja. It is fairly "old school" in its approach, but have no fear, new world wine lovers; there is something for everyone. This wine is made with the ethos that "you don't release a wine until it is ready to drink." It is mature, subtle, complex, and filled with an abundance of dense fruit, spice, herbs and various earthy tones. It is not to be missed.
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...
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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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