This month we are making our Wine Club trip to Rioja, Spain. These gems from Loriñon represent three of the four styles of wine from Rioja. We have selected these light and refreshing wines for you which are great as we move in to the hot summer months. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.  Cheers!

Loriñon Reserva 2008

A muscular Tempranillo, this has tight precision in its structure with the scents of grilled meat, piquillo peppers and roasted tomatoes. This is a juicy wine with lasting black-cherry flavors. The oak tannins have an astringent tension and will bring out the flavor depths of grilled meats.

91 Points ~ Wine & Spirits Magazine

Year’s Best Riojas ~ Best Buy

 

Food Pairings:
  • Grilled meats
  • Roast pork with fresh herbs
  • Shellfish paella

Loriñon Blanco 2015

Straw brilliant color. Fresh fruit aromas, white flowers and a soft touch of sweet spices. Fruity, well balanced and with good acidity.

 

Food Pairings:
  • Grilled fish and shellfish
  • Garlicky prawns or grilled squid
  • Gazpacho
  • Spanish style salads
  • Cantaloupe and prosciutto crostini

Loriñon Crianza 2015

Bright color, translucent with middle layer. Floral aroma (violets and raspberries), sweet spices, creamy . The palate is tasty with a sweet soft feel and a fresh finish. Aftertaste in three textures (fruity, sour and spicy), giving it a very pleasant character. It is long and persistent, without edges.

 

Food Pairings:
  • Spicy Indian dishes
  • Roasted fish
  • Lasagna

The wine region of Rioja has a wine control board, called the Consejo Regulador DOCa Rioja, who inspects the quality of producers to ensure consistency. The four styles of wine in Rioja are: Gran Reserva, Reserva,  Crianza and Rioja. Loriñon Reserva is made with grapes from Pagos del Camino’s best plots in Rioja Alta. The fruit tones together with the fine oak are the most relevant notes in this Reserva. Aged for 24 months in French and American oak casks and then a minimum of 18 months in bottle: more than a year of quiet repose in ideal conditions of humidity and temperature to achieve the optimal roundness before its release to market.

Rioja Blanco, is a style of wine from the Rioja region of Spain made entirely with white grapes, the most important of which is Viura. This white wine ranges from light to full-bodied and is treasured for its ability to age for 10 or more years. Rioja Blanco wines are exceptionally rare, making up only about 10% of the region’s production. Rioja used to be called “vin joven” which literally means “young wine.”  Loriñón  Blanco is produced from Pagos del Camino’s best plots of Viura and Garnacha Blanco. This wine reflects the land and the spirituality of the surroundings of their vineyards, close to the Monasteries of Suso and Yuso and the Cañas Abbey.

At the Crianza level, the wines are most commonly aged in used oak, so the oak flavors are not as strong. The goal of Crianza is a high-quality daily drinking wine. It’s not too rich, but with Tempranillo’s natural high tannin it has a nice amount of body.  Loriñon Crianza shows all the splendor of Rioja, renovated and adapted to changing times. Made with grapes from both their own vineyards and others controlled by the winery, Loriñon Crianza is a result of traditional viticulture that always respects the environment. Aged for 14 months in barrels of American and French oak, it remains a minimum of 6 months in bottle prior to release.

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