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Awesome, Sub-$10 Spanish Value Red - Just in Time for the Holidays - 11/21/2017 - Spain

Earning a great 90-point review from Vinous and priced under $10, the 2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja is the kind of red value that’s poised to be a huge hit. With the market awash with value priced reds, it takes a truly special wine to stand out. The 2015 Palacio del Burgo is one such wine. Immediately accessible and made make in a super-friendly, fruit-driven style, we were captivated by how fresh and lively it was. This is one of those reds that’s so irresistible, it’s hard to put the glass down. Given its open and expressive style, this Rioja is the perfect candidate to open for gatherings or as your weeknight pour. Since it has spent no time in oak, the focus here is all about the bright raspberry, red apple, and wild plum flavors. Lush and with a supple mouthfeel, it is an utter joy to sip on its own, but there’s also the depth to pair with a wide range of foods. Simply put, if you are on the hunt for a delicious, all-purpose red, we strongly recommend the Palacio del Burgo.

At the sharpest price in the market, this is the perfect candidate for a case purchase.

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2015 Palacio del Burgo Tinto Rioja (Elsewhere $15) ($9.99)

90 points Vinous: "Bright violet. Vibrant red and dark berry scents are complemented by hints of cola and candied flowers. Fresh and energetic on the palate, offering juicy raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that deepen and become sweeter on the back half. Gentle tannins build slowly on the clinging finish but are no match for the plush, primary fruit. This delicious Rioja drinks surprisingly well already. (JR)" (05/2017)

K&L Notes: Palacio del Burgo is produced by Burgo Viejo, one of the more serious producers of value oriented Rioja in the entire region. From their base in the Rioja Baja village of Alfaro, this family owned company has a range of vineyard holdings, from clay sites to very stony ones reminiscent of Châteauneuf-du-Pape with the abundance of rounded stones and the strongly Mediterranean climactic influence. We have worked with this winery over the years with various bottlings and have found that the wines always over deliver and are consistently terrific values.

Staff ImageJoe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 14, 2017

This is exactly the type of Rioja I seek out when the holidays come our way: inexpensive, brightly fruited, no oak whatsoever, juicy and surprisingly structured, with a fresh acid structure that makes it sing with food. Unoaked Tempranillo is not always the easiest wine to produce, as it can show a heat stamp in warmer years and be reductive and firm in cooler ones. In great vintages like 2015, however, unoaked wines represent one of my favorite types of Rioja as they accentuate the grape's delicious inherent fruit, and show off the pleasing lightly tannic grip of a young red wine. For under $10, this won't break the bank, and you can afford to stock a case to have plenty of wine on hand for visiting friends and family. Highly recommended, sub $10 house red!

Staff ImageChristina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

If you are looking for a lively, energetic, every day red wine to meet all your basic needs, look no further. The Palacio Del Burgo Tinto Rioja is racy, fruit driven and bright on the palate, with notes of raspberry, red apple, stewed cherry, pomegranate and licorice. Tannins in this wine are soft on the palate but somewhat pronounced on the back end, which makes it a wine that can easily transition from hors d'oeuvres to the main course.

Staff ImageJoe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: November 13, 2017

This under-$10 Rioja is here just in time for the holidays. Bright fruit is front and center in this tinto from Palacio del Burgo, as it does not see any new oak aging whatsoever. Berry medley, baked cherry, grilled plum, and bramble aromas to start. A slight hint of dark roast coffee as well. On the palate, its freshness is apparent. Im a big fan of the elevated acidity, as it balances nicely against the ripe fruit quality. Blackberry and ripe plum flavors are accented by a slight leather note on the finish. This wines price point is perfect for parties, as you can easily buy a dozen or so without breaking the bank. Two thumbs up for this value Spanish red!