Country: Spain Region: Rioja
Varietal: Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo, and Grenache/Garnacha
Vintage: 2016 Colour: Red Style: Dry
This Reserva is a careful selection of perfectly ripe Tempranillo grapes, from superb vineyards in Rioja Alta, some Graciano adds more finesse and polish while a little Mazuelo brings depth and colour. Two years in French and American oak casks has softened this lovely wine leaving it fragrantly aromatic and spicy with underlying rich fruit and a savoury palate with balance and elegance on the long and complex finish.
A wine that fully lives up to its lofty reputation, it's largely composed of Tempranillo with small additions of Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha which are the other main red varieties seen in Rioja. The two years it spends in a mix of French and American oak have softened it nicely making it a really delicious wine with wonderful vanilla and dark fruits on the nose, following through with rich fruit cake flavours on the palate.
Food Matches: A classic Reserva, game, roasts, casseroles or strong mature cheese make great food pairings.