Rioja Mixed Case
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Take a trip to the well-known Rioja region of Spain with this fantastic selection of 3 reds, 2 whites and 1 rose Rioja....
Don Placero Rioja Crianza - Made by the family owned Bodegas Navajas in the Rioja Alta. Don Placero Rioja Crianza is a blend of Tempranillo and Garnacha aged in American oak for 15 months. An enticing nose of fruit, oak and subtle spice. Smooth with strong fruits of the forest flavours and rich vanilla on the long, lingering finish.
Letargo Rioja Crianza - From a family that has been making wines in Rioja for seven generations, Letargo is a rich and fruit-driven example of wines from Rioja Baja. Aged for 12 months in a combination of new and used French and American oak 225 liter barrels and aged an additional 12 moths after bottling. Flavours of cherry and plum with baking spices and licorice at the back. A terrific wine for grilled and smoked foods, try it with a Texas style brisket.
Gavanza Rioja Reserva, Bodega Maetierra Dominum - A bright ruby red with a golden rim in the glass, On the nose, scents of plums and black cherry. On the palate, smooth and rich with smoky notes. Flavours of liquorice and sweet spices. The finish is elegant and lingering. Great food wine with grilled herbed lamb chops, Patatas a la Riojana (potato & chorizo stew) or braised Basque Chicken with chorizo & sherry vinegar.
Bodegas Honorio Rubio, Tremendus Rioja Clarete/Rose - The Rioja Clarete is a blend of predominantly Tempranillo with a splash of Rioja's white grape - Viura, and is light and dry. A delightful salmon pink in colour, this rose is dry and refreshing with excellent acidity leading to a crisp finish. Perfect with grilled fish. Try also with mussel linguine with cherry tomatoes and chilli, vegetable terrine or grilled tuna with a green salsa.
Bodega Classica, Pharos Rioja Blanco - Selected from old vines Viura vineyards located in the Sonsierra area of Rioja. This wine is a revelation! Delicious notes of ripe fruit, dates and bananas on the nose follow through to a fresh and fleshy, long and wonderfully balanced finish on the palate. This wine has seen some oak ageing, but this has been incredibly well managed here so it most definitely not of the old style white riojas that were massively over-oaked and extracted.
Don Placero Rioja Blanco - Pale yellow in colour, the wine is dry and fresh on the palate with aromas of peaches, apples, citrus, tropical fruits and a little banana. The finish is fresh and fruity with hints of melon. A zingy and refreshing wine.