With a unique portfolio of over 100 Spanish wines, Ole Imports has taken pride in their journey to find and represent fine wines through key fundamental elements of: terroir, quality fruit, exceptional wine making and priceless value. I was lucky enough to try some of their finest sought after wines from the Rioja region and hosted a Rioja Wine Tasting Event on my dear friend’s wonderful terrace under a remarkable sunset looking over the city that never sleeps, New York City. By the end of the night lips were purple, all were dancing, and everyone was completely happy! My, what an effect an exploration into the Rioja world has!
I set up the tasting with a variety of cheeses to pair, wine crackers to cleanse the palate, and some carrots and hummus to munch on. The tasting went from light to dark and I started off with a bubbly to get everyone in the mood! Since many of us had not experienced wines from this region, I decided not to do a blind tasting but walk everyone through the tasting process and education of each wine.
So please, step inside this magnificent region of spice and submerge yourself into what you are about to read. I advise you to grab a glass of Rioja yourself and enjoy!
RIOJA WINE TASTING EVENT
Wine #1 Casteller Cava Brut N/V
Grape: Parellada, Macabeo, Xarello
Tasting Notes: Dry, clean and crisp, citrus, hints of green apple
Quotes: “Smoother than other sparkling wines, not too sweet or too bubbly, very drinkable and delicious!”, “Smells like a fun CELEBRATION”, “REFRESHING”, “Great drinking sparkling wine!”
Wine # 2 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal Blanco 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Biodynamic wine with great tannic structure, dry, and filled w/ spice.
Quotes: “Acidic/Bitter”, “Unexpectedly tart” “Could be good wine for Sangria”, “Buttered Popcorn taste?”
Wine #3 Cortijo Rioja Blanco 2010
Tasting Notes: Sweet on the palate, nectar flavors
Quotes: “Delicious, fruity yet light” “Great Value”, “Appley”, “Color is similar to a sugar cookie” “Fruity with a twist, LOVE”, “Great with cheddar cheese”
Wine #4 Cortijo Rioja Rosado 2010
Grape: Tempranillo, Granacha
Tasting Notes: Citrus, full of fruits, a bit tannic, very delicious and refreshing
Quotes: “Bold berries”, “Amazing taste”, “Might be great for Sangria”, “Very refreshing for summer or spring!”
Wine #5 Don Sancho Londono 2008 ‘Calma’
Grape: Tempranillo, Graciano
Tasting Notes: peppery, dark cherry, mocha, tannins for a strong finish
Quotes: “Best wine of the tasting”, “Tastes a bit licoricey”, “Amazing with goat cheese”, “A classic Spanish wine”, “Relaxing and great to sip on”, “Peppery and spicy”
Wine #6 Bodegas El Indiano El Brozal 2009 (Single Vineyard)
Grape: Tempranillo, Syrah
Tasting Notes: Spice, peppery, tannin that grips the finish
Quotes: “Very rich”, “My favorite”, “Big and bold, “Love this one, this is what I think of when I think of Rioja”, “Deep Finish”, “This was amazing with the dark chocolate”
Wow, that was intense! As you can see lots of spice, pepper, citrus, and drinking wines capture some of the Rioja region. A very lovely night of tasting fine wines from Ole Imports turned all of these wonderful ladies in to regulars. I am already getting questions about the wines we tasted and where to find them to buy for house warming gifts!
Thank you Ole Imports and thank you to my wine lovers for participating in this fabulous tasting!