Thursday, December 19, 2013

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Rioja - 2009 Solar de Castro Rioja

I am a huge fan of Spanish wines in general, and Rioja specifically. I am always on the hunt for a new winery to try, and this one was on the shelf next to the smiling picture of a Total Wine & More employee proudly proclaiming it to be one their recommendations.  Let's see if my trust is their taste was justified!

Wine: 2009 Bodegas Domeco de Jarauta Rioja Solar de Castro - Vendimia Seleccionada
Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo
Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $17.00
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, with a pinkish rim.
Aroma: Fruit including black cherry and sour cherry, wood, and backing spices.
Taste: The sour cherry flavor is predominant, overpowering most of the other flavors leaving a slightly funky aftertaste.

The Grade: I give this one a C.  The 2009 vintage was a very good one in Rioja, so I expected more from this wine. Not sure about the cause of the imbalance of the sour cherry flavors, perhaps it came from blending of grapes of different ripeness. For me, there are many better Riojas out there in this price range. I am going to do a little research about this wine and see if others found the same issue with the nose and flavors...if I find anything interesting you know I'll share it!

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