Full Review

Viña Zaco

Viña Zaco
2015 Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.5%
84 Points
Bronze Medal
Recommended
$15

Viña Zaco
2015 Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.5%
Opaque brick red color. Aromas of dark cherries, planked oak, blonde tobacco, and crushed gravel with a medium body and a medium-length finish with earthy, woody tannins. A nice Rioja with delicate tobacco notes.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Quaffable
Aroma Aroma: dark cherries, planked oak, blonde tobacco, and crushed gravel
Taste Flavor: medium-length
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: with food
Recipes Pairing: Grilled Lamb Chops, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A nice Rioja with delicate tobacco notes.

The Producer or Importer

Aveniu Brands, Inc.

The Producer or  Importer
509 S Exeter, Suite 340
Baltimore, MD 21202
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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.