Rioja Reserva Azabache 2018 - 92 pts James Suckling
£14.95 per bottle
Rioja Reserva is made only in the best vintages, it is well balanced with a soft seductive character typical of the Tempranillo and Graciano grapes used in the blend. It is aged for at least three years in oak and in bottle before release. Azabache Reserva exhibits intense plummy fruits on the nose with hints of blackberries, mulberries, vanilla, spice on the soft and well rounded palate.
A good accompaniment to grilled or barbecued lamb, steak and cheeses.
The region of La Rioja lends its name to Spain`s most widely recognised wines. Much Rioja is blended from three districts; Alta and Alavesa to the north and the hot dry Oriental district to the south (previously known as Rioja Baja) and uses Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo red grape varieties and the diminishing influence of extended ageing in oak barrels.
Fincas de Azabache is a state of the art cooperative, founded in December 1956. The Bodegas now owns 2600 hectares of vineyards at the foot of Mount Yerga, in the dry region of the Rioja Oriental. With limited risk of rot, it is an area conducive to the principles of organic viticulture, to which the Bodegas is firmly and successfully committed. The cooperative have recently invested heavily in a new winery, the fruits of which we are now seeing.