February 2013 Selection

Rioja Tempranillos, juicy, fruit-forward, pleasurable wines

February 2013 Selection

A Mi Manera 2012 (2 bottles)
Puente del Ea 2009 (2 bottles)
Cerro Añón Reserva 2006 (2 bottles)

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A Mi Manera 2012 (2 bottles)

Young red. Bodega Contador Rioja, Spain Tempranillo

Bottle: £9.15 club members / £10.38 non-members


Benjamín Romeo is particularly well-known for his great Contador, but all his wines are a wonderful reflection of quality grapes, extremely well-cared for (Benjamín is the vine grower), thoroughly likeable wines from start to finish.

A Mi Manera is his carbonic maceration red, a wine flawless in the making, using the best grapes, full of fruit aromas, intense and juicy, elegant... a wine to fall in love with (and we're not just saying that because of the label). It has a lovely colour, as though there were rose petals floating in the glass, lively, an intense cherry colour with a carmine rim.

It is fruit poured into a glass - chewy, juicy fruit, but with a balance that is exceedingly fine (“Fine work”, says the label, and we totally agree); intense, dense but velvety, attractive, a wine where complexity is not sought after, but offering the most genuine fruit expression. A wine which, even though it is young, we shouldn't expect to be simple; exactly the opposite, this wine is complete, with some shy lactic notes found in the aftertaste. It is simply Benjamín ‘in his own way’, and what a way that is!

(A Mi Manera is made with grapes originating from vine-stock planted in parcels with poor soils, mainly calcareous clay, and vinified in large truncated conical vats, with a 10,000 litre capacity.)

Barbecues / chorizo sausage / oily fish / cod Rioja style / cooked sausages

  • Alcohol content: 13,5%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 15ºC and 17ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2013.

A Mi Manera 2012
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Puente del Ea 2009 (2 bottles)

Red Crianza. Bodegas y Viñedos Puente del Ea Rioja, Spain Tempranillo

Bottle: £7.64 club members / £8.67 non-members


Pleasant, fresh, juicy and meaty: that broadly describes the Puente del Ea single varietal, a fine Tempranillo, a fine Rioja, a wine to discover and enjoy to the full, whose quality came as no surprise when we found out after the tasting that the person in charge of production at this Sajazarra winery is none other than Basilio Izquierdo, one of the Rioja's most prestigious oenologists. Puente del Ea starts by taking us by surprise due to its high fruit content and meaty texture; we are immediately under the impression that we are dealing with a young wine, yet undoubtedly that roundness and balance can only be achieved with some careful ageing: twelve months in oak barrels and six months resting in bottle. It is, as we often say, a fine example of a fruit-forward wine with perfectly integrated oak.

Its colour is intense, befitting that fruit intensity resulting from lengthy pumping over, and its instantaneous aromas are of fresh fruit, accompanied by spicy notes, sweet touches and a very interesting rustic freshness. It is elegant, fruit-forward and lively, and the meatiness that we are soon to encounter on the palate is already there on the nose; the wine has lots of appeal.

Puente del Ea has a smooth entry and is medium-bodied, which makes it an easy, approachable wine. It exhibits a hint of sweetness, well-integrated acidity, smooth tannins and some delicate notes of Provençal herbs, of black pepper and a trace of chocolate; a fresh texture with a warm background that invitingly prompts another glass.

Aperitifs / loin / roast chicken / beefburgers / pasta with bolognese sauce / potato omelette

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 14ºC and 16ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2016.

Puente del Ea 2009
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Cerro Añón Reserva 2006 (2 bottles)

Red Reserva. Bodegas Olarra Rioja, Spain Tempranillo, Mazuelo, Grenache

Bottle: £7.68 club members / £8.72 non-members


The Reserva of the Cerro Añón range is an elegant wine at a very reasonable price and a most approachable wine from the moment the bottle is uncorked – one of those wines that can be enjoyed straightaway and right up to the very last drop.

Cerro Añón Reserva is a dark Picota cherry colour, of medium density and bright, with a rim showing the first signs of evolution; on the nose it exhibits some primary leather aromas, woodland and mushroom notes, which start opening up, gradually but obviously, until its fruit intensity is totally revealed, particularly the red fruit aromas, accompanied by very fresh and elegant balsamic notes. It has an interesting aromatic personality, no doubt resulting from the traditional coupage: Tempranillo (80%), Mazuelo (15%) and Garnacha (5%).

It continues most appealing on the palate, as this is a wine designed to give real pleasure, with a lot of volume, ripe fruit, peppery hints, just the right acidity and smooth, well-integrated tannins, wholly balanced and persisting right to the finish. A good wine at a good price.

Red meats / stewed meats with mushrooms / lentils with chorizo sausage / lamb / veal stew

  • Alcohol content: 14,0%
  • Optimum serving temperature: Between 15ºC and 18ºC
  • Drink now or keep until 2017.

anverso y reverso
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