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A healthy mix (Rioja, Spain – Day Two)

So here it is; Rioja is a big deal. With over 14,000 vineyards across 65,000 hectares it is the largest producing region in Spain. It is by no means the largest in area though, only stretching for 130 km from Haro to Alfaro, the vineyard planting is possibly the densest in Spain. Although there are 14,000 vineyards, there are only 583 business with a license to bottle, meaning there are many more growers than producers, like Champagne. Also like Champagne there are quite a few large producers, but large here means for than one million cases. Vineyards are spread across the three viticultural sub-regions of Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Orientale, and generally wine is blended across the three in different volumes. Rioja wine is the most exported and consumed around the world, and would most likely be the first region that comes to mind when considering Spanish wine regions. The three appointments I had on my second day in the region were in the three main type of winery; one large commercial winery, one mid-sized modern negociant, and one iconic super-premium producer.

Above Rioja Alavesa

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Baigorri – 12/06/2012

Rosado 2011 (50% tempranillo, 50% garnacha)
Bright red intense colour. Some earthy savoury notes, slightly smoky, cured meats, roasted onions. Texture, some fullness of fruit, dark red fruits, plenty of depth but not sweet.

Blanco Fermentado en Barrica 2009 (95% viura, 5% malvasia)
Ripe tropical almost like varnished oak chips (??), honeyed, citrus notes. Quite warm, very textural, retaining some freshness and acidity, quite precise and intense, honey wax.

Crianza 2008 (90% tempranillo, 5% garnacha)
Dark earthy red ripe currants, soft full freshness, good clarity, American oak softens and gives the tannins a nice cream sweetness, vibrancy and approachability. Classic tempranillo wine.

Reserva 2006 (100% new barrel malolactic and ageing for 18 months)
Dark florals, savoury, earthiness, density, some interesting Turkish delight elements, lovely and full, great depth concentration of fruit, nicely integrated oak, plenty of potential for ageing.

Garnacha 2009
Quite dense black fruits, crushed violets, amazing concentration, very full and volumous, velvety generous texture, vibrant fresh fruits, chewy and delicious.

De Garage 2007 (probably tempranillo)
Insanely well structured, very tight focused tannins, finesse and intensity, concentrated, warmer vintage, would be interesting to see the 2008. Youthful, amazing quality from the old vines, very low yields providing depth and concentration.

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