Thursday, September 3, 2015

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2004 Casado Morales Rioja Gran Reserva

Since our trip to Spain last year when we spent a few great days in the Rioja Alavesa area (the Basque portion of Rioja), I have been very intrigued with wineries from this area, producing wines with grapes purely from this area. Historically, grapes from the Alavesa sub-region have been blended with grapes from Rioja Alta and Rioja Baja. In this case, a Gran Reserva level Rioja for only $35 only added to the intrigue.
Wine: 2004 Casado Morales Rioja Gran Reserva
Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More
Price: $35
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.
Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Dark red, no noticeable yellowing on the rim even though it's an 11 year old wine.
Aroma: Blackberries, black cherry, dry leaves/tobacco, and spices.
Taste: Lots of fruit, nice acidity, some very fine/delicate tannins.  A very nice finish.

The Grade: I give this one an A. All the things you would expect from a Gran Reserva level Rioja - all at a great price. You could easily pay twice this much for another Gran Reserva at this quality level. I'm not sure if the Alavesa designation impacts the price of this wine, but if it does then I highly recommend seeking out this and other Rioja Alavesa wines before the world finds out how delicious they are!  Cheers!

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