Showing posts with label Rioja. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rioja. Show all posts

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

2007 Izadi Crianza

Bodega Izadi is a member of the Artevino group in Rioja, Spain. This Crianza is comprised of 100 percent Tempranillo, which has spent 14 months in American oak.

Nose opens with red berry fruit, anise, and hints of cedar and vanilla. Tannins are rounding out nicely, producing an elegant and structured palate. Has both the power and a roundness that allowed it to pair nicely with cured meats and Manchego.

Price:      $50
Source:   www.simplywines.net.au 
Varietal:  Tempranillo
Tasted:    October 2015
Rating:    93
Website: www.izadi.com

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

2012 La Vendimia Rioja

Sourced from Palacios Remondos vineyards, some of the highest in the Rioja region, this blend of Grenache and Tempranillo is wonderfully drinkable and very food friendly. This wine has spent less than six months on oak, and is therefore termed a jovenes by the Spanish.

A delicate savory nose with notes of rasperry jam, cherry and lavender, along silky soft tannins and low acidity, make this a very nice drink now wine. I served this with manchego, chorizo and boar salami and it was a treat.

An all round enjoyable Rioja, drinking well now, and best served with food.

Price:     $30
Source: Cru Bar, Brisbane
Varietal: Grenache (50%), Tempranillo (50%)
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   92

Friday, September 12, 2014

2010 Luis Cañas Crianza Rioja

Went to check out a spanish tapas and wine bar in Brisbane called Peasant.  After enjoying the Luis Cañas Barrel Fermented Viura, I opted for a bottle of this Rioja which was recommended by the waiter.  It drank beautifully with a charcuterie board, chorizo, and croquettes.

A nice precise nose with gentle use of oak and some cherry notes.  Very clean structured palate.  Good acidity and round tannins held up well against the strong flavors of the cured meats and croquettes.  I would definitely buy this again, as soon as I can find some available here in Australia.

Price:     $75 (by the bottle at Peasant in Brisbane) 
Varietal: Tempranillo
Tasted: September 2014
Rating:   94
Website: http://www.luiscanas.com/