Bodegas Taron Cepas Centenarias Rioja Alta 2015
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This Rioja is our favourite out the lot, truly outstanding and worth every penny.
The region of La Rioja lends its name to Spain`s most widely recognised wines. Much Rioja is blended from three districts; Alta and Alavesa to the north and the hot dry Oriental district to the south (previously known as Rioja Baja) and uses Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo red grape varieties and the diminishing influence of extended ageing in oak barrels.
Bodegas Taron is a cooperative based in the northernmost part of Rioja Alta. The cooperative is made up of four small towns; Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron, Sajazarra, Villaseca and Tirgo. These four towns decided that as they share not only the landscape but their culture too, they would benefit from pooling together their vineyards and knowledge to create one Bodega focussed on creating high quality Rioja`s. Bodegas Taron have 700 hectares of vineyards spread over more than 1000 small plots. Some of the oldest vines are over 100 years old which go into making their premium wine; Cepas Centenarias.
A limited production wine made from rare 100 year old Tempranillo vines in a single vineyard in the Rioja Alta region. The wine is ruby red with garnet reflections, velvetty soft and smooth on the palate with a fresh acidity. Supple tannins support the core of ripe blackberries and cherries combined with notes of cinnamon, vanilla, balsamic, coffee and chocolate from 9 months in French oak barrels. A wine with fantastic complexity, very long and elegant.
Ideal with roasts, especially game such as pheasant or pigeon, as well as cheese.