A not-so-common grape produced a fresh wine with apple notes that reveals a finely balanced finish. Moderately complex and long.
I paired it with raw spinach and seared sea bass.
|Salad of spinach and seared sea bass|
100% Graciano grapes.
It is a vigorous, I would say impetuous wine, it feels like an impatient teenager in the mouth. Young tannins next to red fruit, with moderate length.
Good quality/price ratio. I paired with Chinese-style fish head, the slight spiciness might have called for a smoother wine but if fact it went pretty well with the lively Graciano, perhaps because the tannins matched the succulent sauce of the fish. I then killed off my glass with French Camembert cheese.
Vines that are up to one-hundred-year-old for this wine of great character made with garnacha grapes. A smooth velvety wine, with good complexity, and considerable length.
Boca Chancla Crianza 2019
These vines are the oldest, they go from 40 all the way up to 100-year-old.
A smooth wine with elegance and moderate complexity. Ready with limited potential in the bottle. Paired with fresh egg noodles stirred with peppers and pakchoi.
Maturana 100% (in Spanish it means "donkey")
Made with Maturana grapes, an old grape variety that was an icon of the Rioja countryside in olden days. It was later almost forgotten to the point it came close to risk of extinction, like donkeys! And now resurrected for an organic wine that is full bodied, big, almost opulent I would say. Can be paired with meat, of course, but also with a rich pasta sauce and, why not, stir-fried or baked fish.