What is a good way to celebrate good news at work? When I say good news, I mean really good news. Remember the trip to Montreal I mentioned? Well, the participants rated the meetings and presenters (of which I was one). I don’t know if it was that my attempt at dredging up college French was passable or what … but I got good “grades.” And that makes me very happy. So I decided to reward myself by tasting my first Rioja ever. Yes, it’s true! I know it might have been more fitting to have gone Canadian or French, but it was a serendipitous celebration. I pulled from the bottles I had on hand, don’t you know!
Winemaker: Montebuena (by Cosecheros de Labastida)
Wine: Rioja Cuvee KPF
Appellation: Rioja DOC, Spain
Price: $8.99 at Whole Foods
Notes: This Spanish red was more of an eggplant color with tons of bouquet redolent with barnyard, oak, earth, tangy dark berries and spice. I really enjoyed the bouquet a lot. Acidity was fairly high and tannins were also on the high side in this medium-bodied selection. On the tongue, I thought this inexpensive Rioja was pretty yummy. I tasted rich dark fruit, tea leaf, tar, a hint of pepper, brambly tannins, as well as notes of baked rolls on he long finish. In describing it, I wouldn’t call it chewy exactly but then I wouldn’t call it not chewy, either. Is that confusing? Well, try it and see what I mean. I think it would be a nice accompaniment to a steak dinner, but there is plenty to enjoy by itself.