Full Review

Las Cepas

Las Cepas
2016 Costalarbol, Rioja

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Organically Grown Grapes-Eco-Vin
90 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$30

Las Cepas
2016 Costalarbol, Rioja

Pair this wine with:
Beef Cheese Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Violet color. Attractive, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of spiced black raspberries and peaches, toffee, and floral honey with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, amusing, medium-long finish imparting suggestions of creme brulee, nuts, and hint of mulch with light oak flavor. A very, juicy fruit-forward international styled Rioja sipper that will appeal to malbec fans.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity & Juicy & Smooth
Aroma Aroma: spiced black raspberries and peaches, toffee, and floral honey
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of creme brulee, nuts, and hint of mulch
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Sweet & Sour Pork, Grilled Skirt Steak With Roquefort, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A very, juicy fruit-forward international styled Rioja sipper that will appeal to malbec fans.

The Importer

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Red Rioja

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Serve in a Zinfandel Wine Glass
Rioja is Spain's most famous wine region. Located in north central Spain, there are three zones: Rioja Alta ("higher", named for the elevation of the vineyards), Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja ("lower"; this is the warmest subzone).

Red Rioja is produced primarily from the Tempranillo variety, while white Rioja is made from the Viura grape. The red (tinto) version is much more celebrated; not only for the complexity of the wines, but also their longevity, as the best Gran Riserva versions drink well at 20-30 years of age.

Rioja Tinto is medium-full with a combination of red and black fruit notes intermingled with distinctive brown spice and tobacco notes. Tannins are medium-full and acidity is quite good. Pair with a wide array of foods, from chorizo to grilled steaks and roast pork.

Rioja Blanco is medium-bodied and is quite dry with notes of melon, apple and white flowers. Generally unoaked, these should be consumed fresh and paired with shellfish and lighter tapas and poultry.