Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza 2017
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! Made completely from Tempranillo from vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Altavesa, it sees time in American oak which brings coffee, vanilla and cedar to the Tempranillo fruit.
A ripe, textbook example of Rioja with coffee aromas and creamy chocolate flavours. 100% Tempranillo from a small bodega in Fuenmajor, it has at least 18 months in barrel and more than 6 months in bottle prior to release, illustrating the great value to be found in La Rioja.
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Tempranillo|
|Food & Wine Matching||Lamb, Mushrooms, Olives, Pork|
|Cellarage||Drink 2022 to 2027.|
|Vinification||Fermented in stainless steel for one week and left for a further week on the lees for colour extraction, the wine is aged for 24 months in American oak barrels and filtered before bottling.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||14|
Bodegas I Petralanda (Marqués de Zearra)
In the early 1980s Iñake Petralanda Uria Zearra was finding it difficult to find a reliable source of good wines for his restaurant in Bilbao, so he decided to make his own. Establishing a winery in his wife's home town of Fuenmajor in the heart of Rioja Alta in 1983, he hasn't looked back and now runs a thriving bodega. The family divide their offerings under two labels: Viña Zearra for young and crianza wine and Marqués de Zearra for Reserva and Gran Reservas.
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Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Crianza - Yapp Brothers One Minute Review
Tom Ashworth reviews the Crianza from Bodega Zearra - in the heart of Rioja. Pure classic tempranillo, this has been aged for two years in cask and three year in bottle - ready to drink immediately. Cherry colour with coffee on the nose and mocha on the finish - ideal with lamb tagine or spicy pork. You can find this wine on the Yapp Brothers website here: https://www.yapp.co.uk/Wine-List/Spanish-Wines/Rioja-Marques-de-Zearra-Crianza-2014/Yapp Brothers Videos