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Las Cepas

Las Cepas
2016 Rebuzno, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Organically Grown Grapes-Eco-Vin
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$45

Las Cepas
2016 Rebuzno, Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14% RS: <1%
Dusty ruby color. Savory, fresh, floral aromas and flavors of spicy apricot cobbler, floral honey, and vanilla toffee with a silky, lively, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, medium-long finish manifesting overtones of fig and cherry compote, cranberry-strawberry relish, nutskin, and minerals with fine, chewy tannins and light oak flavor. A remarkably fruit and juicy international styled Rioja with lovely floral tones.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: spicy apricot cobbler, floral honey, and vanilla toffee
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with overtones of fig and cherry compote, cranberry-strawberry relish, nutskin, and minerals
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Lamb Tagine, Grilled Duck Breast With Fruit Compote, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A remarkably fruit and juicy international styled Rioja with lovely floral tones.

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.