I have really enjoyed seeking out Rioja wines. I think when a person gets into drinking wines they first reds they will go to is a Merlot. It’s a safe bet. Then graduate to a Cabernet and stay there. As I’ve always said before, there are too many wines not to try them all!
I have found one of my favorites in Rioja’s. This Marques de Caceres Rioja Crianza Red 2008 is a Spanish wine. A combination of hand-picked Trempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano grapes grown in the Rioja Alta region, produces a full bodied rich red wine.
This particular Rioja is best to let sit for about an hour before pouring the first glass. Let it air at room temperature. Once you pour your first glass, you’ll notice it’s dark color of ruby with a slight hint of blue. Being an artist myself I have a tendency to zero in on colors. The eloquent aroma of cherries, raspberries and one you rarely see is bilberries. Bilberries yield the dark color of this Rioja which adds to concentrated flavors.
I’m a sucker for hints of vanilla and this Rioja doesn’t disappoint. If you have a delicate palate you’ll pick up the spice woven into this beautiful red. You will find the spice equally intertwined in the bouquet aroma.
I like a wine that delivers a long finish, from start to a velvety end. This Rioja doesn’t not disappoint me.
I find to best serve this Rioja with a hearty red meat meal, grilled or roasted with intense herbs and spices. Knowing me, I’ll serve it with one of my favorite salmon dishes!
If you are not hungry when you pop the cork on this one, it makes for a great addition to stimulating conversation with your spouse or friends. It’s meant to be enjoyed and shared!