Aldonia 100, Rioja 2015
Top Riojan red wine from this modern bodega, you’d be forgiven for thinking you have a generous glass of Châteauneuf-du-Pape not Spain’s finest! It’s all made from 100 year-old Garnacha (aka Grenache in the Rhône Valley) vines which bring concentration, sublime silkiness and lasting power to the wine. With just enough oak, the fruit is dense and luxurious, designed to be savoured with your favourite red meat, venison perhaps, or a hunk of mature cheese on possibly the coldest day of winter. Unless you can find an excuse to uncork it earlier...
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Drinking Guide||Drink Now|
|Food Match||Minute steak and chips|
If you find yourself in a first-cabin you will probably be served red Bordeaux. Lanessan is a great example: predominantly cabernet sauvignon blend. It pleases with notes of blackcurrant, cedar and tobacco.
This is unusual for Rioja; a 100% garnacha wine from vineyards over 100 years old. It’s powerful but balanced, with a spicy edge to the sweet raspberry and cherry fruit. There’s a hint of smokiness with firm but fine-grained tannins and concentration of fruit, finishing quite dry.
Made by a family concern in Rioja Baja which turned from grape growers into winemakers with considerable success if this 100% Garnacha is anything to go by. The minimal use of oak allows the perky clove and vanilla spice to do nothing more than tickle the nostrils while the generous black-fruited palate has a whisper of leather and well integrated tannins.
100% 100-year-old Garnacha grown at 850 m in Rioja Baja, aged for 14 months in oak barrels. Light and sophisticated. Really lovely texture and lift. Soars off the palate with fine acidity but masses of fruit. A very gentle hand on the tiller in the winery. This should have a real future but is already a delight. GV 17/20 Drink 2017–2025
This 15% wine is dangerously appetising and drinkable. Really lovely stuff.