Rioja: Marqués de Zearra Gran Reserva 2012
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.
It is difficult to imagine many other regions in the world where you can find this high level of wine with a decade's maturity for this price! Fenomenal!
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Full-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Tempranillo|
|Food & Wine Matching||Casserole, Charcuterie, Olives|
|Cellarage||Drink 2021 to 2031.|
|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 2 years in French and American oak barrels and filtered before bottling, where it lies for a further five years prior to release.|
|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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