whether it be an appetizer wine with the pigs in the blankets, a main course sturdy BIG RED or even a wine that can play nicely with dessert. This has it all in spades. It’s a juicy number from a great producer, the folks at Bodegas Chavarri.
They’ve been a main player in Rioja since the late 1800’s and make almost two dozen wines from native grapes. Their Tempranillo is the family’s calling card. They make expressive wines with bright red tones, fruity and sage filled aromas and incredibly food-friendly. .The location of the family vineyards under the Sierra de Cantabria mountain range gives the wines the unique and authentically Rioja personality.
Their 2016 Rioja Reserva is a particular showstopper. Everybody who tasted this with me two weeks ago was floored. I even blind tasted one of my buddies that thought it was a Napa Cab! James Suckling called it, “savory and complex”, “refined”, “juicy”, “elegant” and “precise” in his 93-point review which is just about as excited I’ve seen Mr. Suckling in any review he’s written this year.
93 Points, James Suckling
Savory and complex nose with minty blueberries, cedar, wet leaves, tobacco and chili chocolate. Quite sleek, refined and juicy, medium-bodied palate, showing lots of restraint and elegance. Long and precise. Delicious now, but can hold for another five years, too.