2011 Bodegas Zugober "Belezos" Rioja

SKU #1211342 Wine & Spirits

 A juicy red with more than its share of toasty, charred oak barrel character, this has black, earthy fruit along with a warm burn in the finish. For grilled steak.  (12/2014)

Wine Spectator

 Leafy and spicy notes frame the cherry, berry and vanilla flavors in this supple red. The light tannins are balanced by lively orange peel acidity. Juicy, showing good intensity. (TM)  (9/2014)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2015 | Send Email
Produced by Bodegas Zugober, from vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa village of Lapuebla, this 100% Tempranillo-based Rioja is delicious, a great tasting, crisp, and generously fruited wine. Rich red and dark fruits display themselves on the palate, which has some textural heft that is held in check by fresh acidity. This is a red that would be great for parties, particularly amongst people who are more accustomed to California wines.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14