Baron de Ley is a progressive producer who has been a major player in the resuscitation of indigenous varietals in the region. The ‘Varietales’ line does a single varietal wine of all permissible red grapes. Grapes 100% Maturana Tasting Notes Deep purple in colour, aromas of fruit compote, cocoa and balsamic are prevalent on the nose. Fresh blueberries and cassis lead to a silky finish with well-integrated tannin. Food Pairing Beef stew, stuffed mushroom caps, Spaghetti Bolognaise.
Rio Madre Rioja Graciano
Graciano is usually just a blending partner to Tempranillo, bringing colour and pronounced berry and floral aspects to the wine. Single varietal or Graciano dominant Rioja wines are rare, as the grape is low yielding and fickle. Grapes 100% Graciano Tasting Notes Full bodied and firm, aromas of blueberry, violet and anise dominate. The expansive palate brings spice and tobacco. Gentle yet long tannic finish. Food Pairings Montreal smoked meat, turkey & cranberry sauce.
Muriel Rioja Gran Reserva 2004
The “Gran Reserva” designation requires the wine to be aged for a minimum 24 months in oak and 36 months in bottle. Many producers such as Muriel choose to age their wines for longer. This wine has spent 30 months in oak. Grapes 100 % Tempranillo Tasting Notes Earthy with rich flavours of fresh and dried red fruit. Vanilla, cassis and coconut are added on the palate. Medium weight with a long finish. Surprisingly fresh and youthful for its age. Food Pairings Manchego or other hard cheeses, duck with cherry sauce, BBQ ribs, braised lamb shanks. Accolades 90 Points Wine Enthusiast
Bodegas Muga Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco
Fermentation in French oak barriques and several months sur lie give this wine great texture. A traditional blend of Rioja grapes. Grapes 90% Viura, 10% Malvasia Tasting Notes Rich and silky on the palate balanced by crisp acidity and minerality. Green apple, pastry and citrus carry through to a tropical finish. Notes of pineapple, acacia and vanilla on the finish. Food Pairing Seared scallops, mango & chicken lettuce wraps, coconut panna cotta. Accolades 90 Points Wine Advocate 91 Points James Suckling
Vivanco Rioja Blanco
Vivanco is a modern producer, one of the largest growers and proponents of Tempranillo blanco & Maturana blanca. These grapes have only been permitted in the blend since 2007. The unique bottle shape is a recreation of an 18th century Rioja bottle. Grapes 50% Viura, 35% Tempranillo Blanco, 15% Maturana Blanca Tasting Notes Fresh and youthful on the nose and palate. Notes of green apple, citrus and tropical fruits. No oak; temperature controlled fermentation is used on this wine which keeps it lively yet elegant. Food Pairings Salad with citrus vinaigrette, poached salmon, couscous salad.
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Rosado
Rosado is Spanish for Rosé. The colour is achieved by crushing the grapes and letting the skins soak in the juice for varying amounts of time. The longer the maceration period, the deeper in colour, and more structured the wine will be. Grapes 50% Garnacha, 30% Viura, 20% Tempranillo Tasting Notes Aromas of red berries and light herb. Fresh red apple, pomegranate and wild strawberry are found on the palate. Medium bodied, fresh and lively. Food Pairing Herbed goat cheese, salmon canapés.