Thursday, September 12, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2007 Castillo Clavijo Rioja Reserva

If you follow me on Twitter you may have seen that on a dark, rainy, and dreary day I headed off to my local Total Wine & More to pick up some wines for the weekend. I ended up buying three different wines - a Chianti, a Rioja, and a Malbec Blend from Argentia - but all with very similar, dreary black and grey labels. Just one of those days I guess! - Anyway, here is my review of the Rioja in the dark and gloomy gang of three!

Wine: 2007 Castillo Clavijo Rioja Reserva 
Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $15.00
Wino4Life Category: Everyday Wine
Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural Cork - no defects or issues.
Appearance: Wine is clear. Dark red at the center, with a pinkish white rim.
Aroma: Red fruit like raspberry and cherry. Also spice aromas with a bit of a dusty smell that Rioja often has.
Taste: Full bodied with wonderful ripe fruit flavor. Nicely balanced with a very nice, lengthy finish. Tastes to me like a much more expensive Rioja.

The Grade: I give this one an A. An awesome wine for $15, this one was definitely made to pair with Spanish cheeses and dry chorizos.

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