5-Star Rioja Collection Whats even smoother and riper than your favourite Rioja? The same Rioja from a five-star vintage! Riojas governing body gives every vintage an official classification and 2010 was classed officially as "excellent" - only the 10th five-star vintage since 1955! In your glass, that translates to richer fruit flavours, a smoother texture and an even greater degree of complexity. Taste your favourites on five-star vintage form, including Barón de Barbón, Pagos de Tahola and a gem from the Martínez Bujanda family - with todays £13 saving youll pay £7.50 a bottle!
Bodegas Primicia Oak-aged 2010 (x2) Savour an irresistibly silky, berry-rich red from a multi- award-winning Rioja family Founded in 1985, Bodegas Primicia is listed among Spanish expert John Radfords top 20 Rioja bodegas and already has a great many medals to its name. Their irresistibly silky, berry-rich Rioja is made largely from Tempranillo for its soft, spicy strawberry fruit, with a dash of velvety Mazuelo adding depth and savoury notes. Winemaker Fernando Domingo matured half the wine in new oak barrels for four months, allowing it to pick up hints of vanilla and toasty spice, while letting plenty of its exuberant, youthful fruit character shine through. A delightful glass to savour on its own, Bodegas Primicia is tasty, too, with chicken with tomato and garlic or lamb chops with rosemary. A selection of traditional Spanish tapas would also be ideal.
Barón de Barbón Oak-Aged 2010 (x2) Outstanding value, eminently quaffable Rioja from the exceptionally talented Murúa family The talent behind this contemporary, fruit-driven Rioja is the young and infectiously keen Javier Murúa. His father Julián owns Bodegas Muriel (a winery his own parents originally established in 1926) in Riojas superior Alavesa district. We have a fabulous working relationship with the family ensuring we get first refusal on their finest vats. A previous vintage of Barón de Barbón has been called "arguably the greatest Rioja for the price on sale in the UK" (Scotland on Sunday) - no doubt why our customers order it more often than any other. With its red berry flavours and fragrant vanilla character, this supple Rioja is most enjoyable on its own or with simple suppers such as lamb chops, meaty pasta dishes or chicken casserole.
Familia Martinez Bujanda 2010 (x2) A lush, juicy young Rioja from the award winning Martínez Bujanda bodega Familia Martínez Bujanda are among the top producers in Rioja, consistently listed as one of the top 50 wineries in the world by Wine Spectator. The family business was founded late in the 19th century, but was transformed in 1984 when the Bujanda brothers built an ultra modern facility that is still one of the finest in Europe. They are also one of a handful of Rioja bodegas to own all their own vineyards, giving them total control over quality.From one of the finest vintages in 50 years, this silky smooth wine is packed with delicious cherry and damson flavours. Easily soft enough to enjoy on its own, it makes a great choice with roast lamb, paella, or Mediterranean vegetable dishes like stuffed aubergine or mixed vegetable kebabs.
Monte Rojo 2010 (x2) Soft, silky, easy drinking Rioja with just a hint of vanilla oak. An affordable, everyday classic The historic Ramón Bilbao winery dates back to 1927, but behind its elegant facade visitors can admire the latest winemaking technology. Below ground, in its extensive cellars, row upon row of top quality barrels, produced by local master coopers to the exacting standard of the winemakers, provide perfect conditions for maturing their delicious wines. The Alta region of Rioja, where the Bilbao bodega lies, has the highest vineyards and, as a consequence, enjoys a cooler climate than the other two parts of Rioja - Baja and the Alavesa. This suits early ripening Tempranillo - and helps retain the delicious freshness of the fruit.This fine Rioja will be ideal with lamb, a spicy chorizo topped pizza or a Spanish style pork and bean stew.
Palacio de Verano Oak-Aged 2010 (x2) Savour this silky Rioja from a families-owned bodega - youll soon be reaching for a second glass! In 1987 a group of families, each with their own small plot of vines, decided to get together and produce wine from their own grapes, rather than selling them to a big cellar to disappear into an anonymous brand. Between them they grow Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Carignan and Viura, on vines ranging from 30 to 90 years old - so their wines offer both intensity and complexity. Hand-picking and rigorous selection ensure that only the best grapes make it into the wine, while a period in oak barrels lends toasty notes to the juicy fruit.Silky smooth with irresistible ripe red and black fruits, this wine is deliciously easy to drink on its own. It should also go well with many tapas dishes, red meats or hard cheeses like Manchego.
Pagos de Tahola Oak Aged 2010 (x2) Exemplary, oak-aged Rioja from the century-old Chavarri family estate. Fragrant and silken The first vines were planted at this estate in 1882, although the winery itself was rebuilt in 1968. Two generations of the Chavarri family currently run Pagos de Tahola - father Francisco and daughter Ruth. Winemaker Miguel Lopez Nunez is the final part of this winning partnership. The house style is based on exuberant fruit from mature vines grown in some of Riojas highest vineyards, infused with the signature fragrance of high-quality French and American oak barrels. Intended to be enjoyed in its youth, this oak-aged Tempranillo is very much the style the locals themselves prefer, with its simple red berry fruit flavours and subtle hints of vanilla and cloves. Follow their example and serve with tapas, grilled lamb or rabbit casserole.
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