Earlier in the week my friend Jessica suggested we explore and discuss a sampling of Riojas. Although we live about 3 hours apart, and have begun with different brands, I think it’s a fantastic idea. Especially since she is somehow finding the time and ability to focus in on Rioja with her birthday today and wedding in just 9 days! My first bottle in what will be a leisurely exploration of Rioja is Cortijo Tinto Rioja 2010. With a philosophy of “If you want to make better wine, harvest better grapes”, emerging winemaker David Sampedro believes you need to do better work in the vineyard to make higher quality wines. He believes his ‘shack’ [Cortijo translates to shack] wines are at the same level or better than production of the Chateau type estates that exist next to him in Rioja. Whilst the majority of Sampedro’s wines are premium cuvees, the Cortijo is his way of providing a great value wine as an introdution to the world of Rioja.
Bottled by D.S.C. Hormilla
Enjoy now thru 2014