Saturday, April 29, 2017

Weekly Wine Review - Spanish Red - 2014 Tentenublo Rioja Xerico

This week I read with great sadness about the late frosts in Europe that may have ravaged the 2017 crops in France and Spain.  In an ode to the hardworking growers throughout Europe facing this challenge, I wanted to open a bottle of Rioja. Many, many thanks to all those growers who face the challenges of nature on a regular basis, even when there is a risk of losing an entire year's grapes.

Wine: 2014 Tentenublo Rioja Xerico

Region: Rioja, Spain
Grape Varieties: Tempranillo with a bit of Viura

Obtained from: Purchased at Total Wine & More

Price: $30
Wino4Life Category: Weekend Wine

Aeration before tasting: Just a swirl or two, no special aeration.

Cork Condition: Natural cork - no defects or issues.

Appearance: Great dark purple.
Aroma: Restrained, some black fruit and a hint of oak.
Taste: Also fairly restrained, well balanced with a good amount of acidity.

The Grade: I give this one a B-.  More of an old world version of Rioja with less fruit, and while it was a good wine, I would expect more at the $30 price point.  The acidity level would make a great companion to food, especially some aged Manchego cheese.  Join me in wishing the best for the growers in Europe after the tragic late frost.

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