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Fernandez Gomez

Fernandez Gomez
2017 Selección Familia , Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19.99
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Fernandez Gomez
2017 Selección Familia , Rioja DOC

Pair this wine with:
Lamb Pork

Category: Red Rioja

Date Tasted:
Country: Spain
Alcohol: 14.1%
Dark deep purple color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mocha latte, lingonberry preserves, lemon zest, coconut custard, and black olives with a satiny, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, long finish with notes of caramelized nuts with moderate oak flavor. An inviting and balanced Rioja with a lipsmacking, lengthy finish.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, Oaky, Rich & Full, Spicy & Complex & Savory
Aroma Aroma: mocha latte, lingonberry preserves, lemon zest, coconut custard, and black olives
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of caramelized nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Peking Duck, Lamb Tagine, Souvlaki
Bottom Line Bottom Line: An inviting and balanced Rioja with a lipsmacking, lengthy finish.

The Importer

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The Importer
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USA
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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.