2009 Viña Tobia Joven Rioja

SKU #1057727

Rioja is great in all of its numerous iterations: Briefly aged, fruity crianzas, more intense and deeply flavored reservas, elegant slowly aged gran reservas. Joven, Spanish for "young," is typically an unoaked style of Rioja. What joven Rioja should be about (though it seldom is) is bright, crunchy, expressive Tempranillo fruit, ready to perhaps pop in the fridge for 30 minutes before drinking with charcuterie, tapas, pizza, you name it. After searching for a long time for a joven style Rioja we could really get excited about and promote heavily, we finally found one in the Bodegas Tobia. Produced from all estate fruit, vinified in tank with a well employed semi-carbonic maceration, this is Rioja to drink now. Simply put, this is delicious. Not too much jargon or talk about the fruits you'll be tasting, I know, but sometimes it's just about deliciousness and quaffability, which this wine provides admirably well. Now grab some bottles and get ready for as snappy, and purely fruit driven a Rioja drinking experience as you have enjoyed in a long while.

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Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/18/2010 | Send Email
Really delicious Crianza to drink with just about anything that comes your way. Fruity and juice, but of the highest quality. You should give it a try on a Spanish night out (or in...)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.