Winery: Bodegas Marques de Arviza
Region: Rioja, Spain
Information: Spending a minimum of 12 months in oak, this full-bodied dry red wine, made from Tempranillo, is a wine that speaks classic Rioja Spanish while offering the kind of deep fruit one finds typically in New World wines. The aromas make clear its Rioja origins, with the freshly tanned leather aromas that say Im Old World. Then follows a rich, dark berry palate thats deep and impressive without carrying on a fruit-driven temper tantrum. Keeping a handle on the Old World, the wine finishes long and clean with a union of New and Old World characters that make one sip demand another. Lovely work. Serve moderately cool, around 68ºF/18ºC in medium-sized tulip-shaped glasses.