Sitting in a local bar in a hot Spanish town eating tapas with soft flamenco music and the sound of stomping feet in the background or at the kitchen table in a rain soaked and windy UK. Opening a Rioja for me, is always joy, whether it be a traditional bottle, aged typically in American oak barrels or a modern style Rioja with its richer deeper colour and fruitier style and time in subtler French barrels. This Lagunilla Reserva 2008 (80% Tempranillo 20% Ganacha)is more the traditional style made in the higher Alta region of Rioja and for the price is remarkably good.
Aromas of ripe cherries, strawberries, candle wax, spice, vanilla. Taste wise full of velvety ripe dark berries, quite meaty and savoury tasting , smoke, leather, wood and vanilla, everything you would want in a Spanish Rioja.
Nothing to dislike about this, reasonably priced around £6-£7 a bottle, great taste on its own or with food, even on day two it still tasted pretty good. So, an ‘all round excellent bottle of wine’ I hear you say, ‘most definitely ‘ is my reply.
My Rating 8/10 Corks
Various from around £6 – £7