2008 Telmo Rodríguez Rioja LZ

2008 Telmo Rodríguez Rioja LZDark opaque purple core with a deep magenta rim. Lifted aromas of dried sweet rosetta, and very ripe dark cherries. Surprisingly savory and slightly earthy on the palate, with bacon fat and dried cherries. Sappy tannins, med acidity and med- finish. Not much structure to speak of and is really quite a simple drink. Sangria, anyone?

Bosconia 1991 and da Luca

R. López de Heredia Rioja Gran Reserva Viña Bosconia 1991

This is an amazing tempranillo made in the burgundian style. Pale brick-red core with an orange-brownish rim, the wine exhibited pronounced orange peel, redcurrants, cranberries aromas mingled with a touch of secondary nose which I expect to be even more so given sufficient cellaring time. Explosively perfumy like a Corton but not quite so. On the palate, it’s tart with bright, medium acidity that’s layered with red fruit flavours and spices. A nice medium to medium plus length finish provided a nice balance. Still a baby I must say. I can’t wait to see how this would evolve in the next 10 years.

Had this with 2 pizzas from da Luca at Goldhill Plaza and some baby capsicums. The capricciosa was a better pairing. If you’re interested to read about the technical details of the wine, click here.

Marques de Caceres Grand Reserva 2001, Rioja

Appearance: Beautiful garnet core with a cherry-red rim.

Nose: Perfumed nose with strong aromas of ripe dark cherries, cinnamon, cloves and spices. Pronounced scents of oak and vanilla.

Palate/ Flavour: Taste of dark fruit, mocha and chocolate on the palate with a long finish. Strong oak and buttery aftertaste. Nice, supple tannins but should improve with some cellaring time.

Comments: Made of 85% tempranillo and 15% of graciano & garnacha tinta. There’s room for improvement with some aging as the tannins and fruit level are still pretty high. Nibbled some Munster Les Chaume and crackers with this spanish rioja – the combination was wonderful.