Rioja Tasting

02 Feb Rioja Tasting

Sunday, February 5
1 to 4pm
At the Bar



Come by Sunday to sample three delicious Rioja reds! This tasting includes two very special selections from a superstar producer, Lopez de Heredia, both over 10 years old! And as a bonus, we’re including our favorite value Rioja, Nexo.

“Founded by Rafael Lopez de Heredia y Landeta in 1877, it has withstood the tide of corporatization and homogeneity, and epitomizes timeless, artisan winemaking in their own individual, almost solipsistic manner. Technology is noticeable by its absence here.”
-The Wine Advocate

2004 Lopez de Heredia “Vina Tondonia,” Rioja
On Sale $39.99
“The 2004 Viña Tondonia Reserva is a completely different story. It is a worthy follower of the 2001, the greatest of the Viña Tondonia Reservas of recent times. It has the usual blend and usual levels of alcohol and acidity, bottled after six years in oak barrels. The nose feels savory (if that’s possible-umami?) and developed, with tertiary aromas and good balance between spices, leathery notes, cherries and balsamic notes of cigar box and incense. The palate is both round and crisp, with refined tannins. It has very good balance with subtle acidity and very good persistence. 260,000 bottles produced.”
94 points The Wine Advocate

2005 Lopez de Heredia “Vina Bosconia,” Rioja
On Sale $32.99
“A worthy follow up to the 2004 is the 2005 Viña Bosconia Reserva, a wine that they consider the most rustic and powerful in the winery, but that I find as elegant and subtle as it gets. This feels very much in line with the 2004, maybe a notch above even, a lower yielding year. The nose is somehow closed and feels young with the elegant rusticity lurking from the bottom of the glass, clean and precise. The tannins are velvety and there is great acidity–a constant here. The wine is terribly elegant. I simply loved this wine. 99,000 bottles were filled in June 2011.”
94 points The Wine Advocate

2015 Bodegas Nexo Rioja
On Sale $9.99
We love, love, love this ultra traditional Rioja (12 months in American oak barrels)! A rich, wonderful red with aromas of red cherries mingling with toasted bread and toffee notes. Nicely balanced, the palate brings forward ripe cherries and elegant tannins. A great bargain wine to pop open on a weekday and pair with a wide variety of foods.
Merch Notes

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