2010 Bodegas Bilbainas "Viña Zaco" Rioja

SKU #1149817 90 points Wine Spectator

 This red shows focus and good density, with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and plum accented with toast and coffee, all supported by well-integrated tannins. Leafy and minerally accents linger on the finish. Drink now through 2016.  (2/ 2013)

K&L Notes

Produced from a 100% Tempranillo vineyard outside Haro, which of course is the village where Lopez de Heredia's famed Viņa Tondonia lies, this is a bright, fresh and fruit forward take on Rioja. Red cherry fruit, gentle spice and loads of drinkability here, just the ticket for an under $10 bottle.

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 1/14/2014  | Send Email
This is a quintessential weeknight red--bright with red cherry fruits, lighter tannins and enough sense of place and interest to hold your attention, though not to the point of distraction while you prep dinner or settle into your pos-work routine. For under $10, this wine'll work!

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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 Penčdes 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
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Rioja