Delectable Rioja

Graham Tucker | July 20, 2019

Macan – CVNE – Vina Real

Wine from Spain is abundant – the country is among the largest producers in the world with hundreds of grape varietals, appellations, and vignerons. Wine is as ingrained to Spain’s culture and esteemed history as much as its delectable tapas, from refreshing gazpacho to flavorful seafood paella. To experience the many flavors of Spain is a visceral feast and journey for the senses.
We cannot begin to explore Spanish wine-country without starting in its most famous DOC: Rioja. The Tempranillo-based wines are as versatile as they are delicious and represent among the best-value reds in the world.
For an easy-drinking style, start off with the Vina Real Crianza - it’s supple, fresh-fruit driven profile makes it perfect for casual get-togethers. Our selection of Reservas, in contrast, have notable structure and weight. In particular the Torre Ona displays herbal flavours with a long, velvety finish. Next up, the deepest and most concentrated designation of Rioja are the Gran Reservas. My top picks are the wines from CVNE, one of Rioja’s best and most iconic winemakers. Particularly the Imperial 2012 is impressive - rich and flavorful with underlying softness. I also recommend the Paganos 2006 and Lopez de Heredia 2006 - they showcase the depth and nuance of more mature Rioja. And lastly (by no means least..) there are the wines from Macan and Artadi. Macan, a joint venture from Vega Sicilia and the Rothschild family, aims for an innovative approach by aging in Burgundian oak whereas the wines from Artadi emphasize individual vineyard sites, purity and elegance.