"Wine … offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than possibly any other purely sensory thing which may be purchased." -Ernest Hemingway
2009 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Rioja, Spain
The Artacho family has a deep wine tradition dating back to 1890 when they founded Bodegas Riojanas. Located in the Rioja region of Spain, Bodegas Riojanas controls more than 300 hectares of vineyard. The predominant red grape in Rioja is Tempranillo, but Bodegas Riojanas also has one of the largest areas dedicated to Mazuelo and Graciano, varieties that provide greater personality to their wines. The different plots of vineyards are situated on clay and limestone soils, suitable for producing the highest quality. The wine itself, Monte Real, was named in 1933 and still sells today.
This 100% Tempranillo is aged for 24 to 30 months in 100% new American oak, offering well-integrated sweet vanilla, spice and toasty notes. The palate is full-bodied and structured, supported by plum and cherry fruit and balanced tannins, an upfront raspberry, blackberry and toffee nose, very smooth and luscious, quite creamy with a long finish.
The 2009 Monte Real is best paired with heavy, smoked and/or spiced meats. A hickory grilled filet with potatoes would be the ticket for me. Let’s just say I’ll be drinking this wine sooner, rather than later.