Rioja was my first love of wine. I have fond memories of sitting in the smoky, dark mahogany, dim lighted sultry vibe of the Priory in Caerleon sipping on my dads glass when he wasn’t looking. This led me to my love of Spanish wines which were full bodied, rustic and bursting with layers of flavour.
This drop made from the Tempranillo grape in Spain is fruity- with deep cherry, dark berries and black currants. Aromas of mature black fruit, toffee and balsamic as well as some mineral notes. This is a silky wine, but fresh and refreshing as well as elegant and persistent. Initially made by a winemaker from Bordeaux, this wine has a tad more elegance than your regular Rioja and a staple on my wine rack.
Drink it on its own, with blue cheese, tapas and mushrooms.