2010 Rioja Gran Reserva (Perica, Bodegas)
Bodegas Perica, "Viña Olagosa" Gran Reserva, Rioja, Spain 2010Mostly Tempranillo, with a little Garnacha and Mazuelo SPICE, CLOVE, TOASTY OAK, RIPE CHERRY FRUIT Located in San Asensio, Rioja Alta, Bodegas Perica still embraces the charm and elegance of cellar aged Spanish wine. This Gran Reserva is their current release at the young age of 9 years old. Sourced from their top vineyards in La Rioja Alta, the hand picked grape clusters are fermented in large French oak vats, then transferred to French oak barrels for 28 months of aging before going to sleep in bottle waiting years for release. The result is simply wine magic. Traditional in style, but most pleasing to the modern day, fruit-driven wine drinker, this Gran Reserva is grand for such a modest price. Serving Suggestion: Braised pork belly with mushrooms, cippolini onions and a cinnamon stick, or grilled hot Italian sausages with roasted potatoes and rosemary.