This month we’re celebrating the Rioja region of Spain! Learn more about the region here. Find your selections below! Salúd!
2017 Cune Monopole Rioja Blanco - Made from 100% Viura, the region’s main white variety, this wine has a ‘slight yellow greenish colour and a seductive scent of spring, white flowers and fresh tropical fruit…’ - from the CVNE website. We suggest pairing this with fresh seafood, poultry, creamy cheeses, and spicy dishes.
2018 Bodegas Muga Rioja Rosado - From one of the iconic producers in the Rioja region comes this fresh, direct press rosado. Find all the details & tasting notes here. Here are some pairing suggestions - oily fish, white meat, salads, ceviche, pasta and rice dishes.
2013 Cune Rioja Reserva - From the website - ‘Aging in cask 18 moths and aging in bottle 24 moths before going to market.
Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures of grapes from our vineyards in La Rioja Alta. The malolactic fermentation takes place and then the wine is aged in American oak barrels for a year, during which it acquires aromatic balance that characterizes him, as his finesse and overall expression.’ Tech sheet & all the details here.
2004 Otoñon Rioja Reserva - This wine is a classic representation of the traditional long-aging done in the region. It shows all the depth with a softer tannic structure and nuance given by long aging. Pairing suggestions - Drink the Reserva with lamb, roast pork, game, mushroom risotto and meat-based pasta dishes. “The 2004 Reserva is purple/black in color with a fragrant nose of pain grille, scorched earth, lavender, incense, and blackberry. Dense and concentrated on the palate, it has layers of fruit, succulent flavors, and a lengthy, fruit-filled finish. Give it 2-3 years to round out and drink it through 2019. - 90 points” (The Wine Advocate)
2012 Bujanda Rioja Reserva - From the website, Viña Bujanda Reserva, made of 100% Tempranillo, comes from Rioja Alta and Alavesa areas. Grapes are grown in clay and harvested during the first week of October. The wine is then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 12 days and aged in oak for 20 months before it is ready to enjoy. The resulting wine shows intense complexity and great aging potential. Deep purple with garnet highlights, this wine shows deep, spicy aromas of blueberries, leather, mocha, and cacao. On the palate, it shows round tannins, crisp acidity, and balanced body. Pair this wine with juicy steaks, lamb chops, and beef kebab. Find all the details here.
Montecillo Rioja Reserva - 90% Tempranillo/8% Garnacha/2% Mazuelo, with a 20 day maceration period, aged for 24 months in French & American barrels, then followed by 16 months bottle aging. From the website, Pairing suggestions- The perfect accompaniment to red grilled or barbequed meats, stews and slightly chilly dishes. Fresh yet complex pairs beautifully with a broad range of cheeses. Find all the details here.