Cortijo Tinto Rioja 2010

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.

Dark red-violet in colour, after aerating aromas of cherry and vanilla swirled about in my glass. Jammy black cherry and blackberry flavours were accompanied by dried herb elements in the medium body. Aged in stainless steel, clean black tea tannins introduced the moderate finish of spicy black pepper and traces of plum notes. Straightforward and easy drinking, this is a good, everyday glass for the table.

80% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha

Rioja
Spain
Bottled by D.S.C. Hormilla
13.5% Alcohol
$11
Enjoy now thru 2014

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