Introduction to Rioja: Bodega Zearra - White & Red Mixed Case Offer

"If you haven’t been drinking white Rioja, then this is the time to start."
Sarah Jane Evans - Decanter magazine, March 2022.

Introduction to Rioja: Twelve Bottle Case
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Introduction to Rioja: Six Bottle Case

In 2015, we started shipping reds from Bodega Zearra in the sleepy town of Fuenmajor which, incidentally, has one of the best restaurants (Alameda) in the whole region of La Rioja. Both Zearra's Crianza (aged for 18 months in American oak, then in bottle) and the Gran Reserva (aged for 36 months in French and American oak, before bottling) have become important listings for our many private customers and restaurant partners. So, we're delighted to introduce a zesty white to the portofolio this year, a refreshing blend of 70% Viura and 30% Tempranillo Blanco that is vinified in stainless steel and that would be well-matched to fish and shellfish dishes.

Despite 90% of the vineyards in Rioja being planted to red varietals (predominantly Tempranillo) and the region building a reliable reputation on mid-weight, fragrant reds, its white wines are growing in importance. Indeed, traditional Rioja is experiencing a degree of flux currently, with single-vineyard labels now permitted, a change to the name of the Eastern zone from Baja to Oriental and a younger generation of winemakers producing richer wines that spend less time in oak and require less ageing. Irrespective of such shifts, Rioja continues to provide exceptional value across all categories and merits space in the cellar or on the dining table, preferably alongside pimientos relleno, cochinillo, menestra de verduras or pochas a la riojana.

This introductory offer to our Rioja range includes either a six-pack (two of each) with free delivery (saving £12.50), or a twelve-bottle case (four of each) with £14.80 off and free delivery.

This mixed case contains:

Rioja: Viña Zearra Blanco 2021

Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza 2016
Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Gran Reserva 2012

This mixed case includes

4 x Rioja: Viña Zearra Blanco 2021£0.00

Made to be drunk in its youth, this refreshing Rioja Blanco from Bodegas Petralanda with its eyecatching lime-green cork, label and capsule is made from Viura and Tempranillo Blanco. It has a bouquet of daffodil pollen and citrus with lean mineral notes, a touch of Galia melon and a lovely 'vif' lemon verbena, lime peel and green orchard fruit finish.

4 x Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza 2016£0.00

We know it's across the Pyrenees from our usual patch, but we couldn't resist buying this crackerjack red Rioja that practically drinks itself!

4 x Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Gran Reserva 2012£0.00

Gran Reserva represents the apex of the quality pyramid in Rioja and this beauty does not disappoint – perfumed and spicy with multi-layered flavors of mocca and black cherries, worth decanting.

Aged in both French and American oak barrels, this gentle micro-oxygenation through the wood is essential for the key characteristic of aged Rioja - a distinct oak character.