2011 Rioja Reserva Íñigo Sàenz de Samaniego selects this wine from some of his family's oldest parcels in Rioja Alavesa, the vines more than 50 years old. It’s 100 percent tempranillo, grown in stony clay-limestone soils, fermented in small vats, then moved to new French oak barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The oak ups the richness quotient, turning the wine's volume up to ten. It's dark fruited, velvety and dense, yet the structure has enough power to cut through all that richness and point up the spice—think grilled piquillo peppers—leaving a classical Rioja impression in the end. —Joshua Greene
This wine was featured in our November 2017 monthly newsletter.
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