A Wine for Waking Up
When you have two jobs, two pets, work 7 days a week, and have a house to take care of, mediocre wines simply disintegrate into the endless hours, days, laundry piles, and to-do lists.
These are times that call for better wines!
This week, I was jolted back to reality awake by Viña Zaco 2012 Rioja. The bold, purple juice was downright sexy–like a Spaniard in a half-unbuttoned shirt, rippling pectorals exposed. Loads of blackberry and plum flavors dominated the fruity stunner, while its floral aromas kept me alert as I sipped and sipped and sipped.
From the northermost section of Rioja, Rioja Alta, this Tempranillo was oaked for a quick nine months, allowing it to retain more fruity flavor, (like a teenage Spaniard in a half-unbuttoned shirt, perhaps holding a kitten) which makes the vino an easy to pair with red meat dishes, many mild cheeses, or even chicken.
Alongside rare beef and sinus-clearing horseradish, this wine woke up the whole house, even without a half-naked Spaniard.
Laura Loves: Bold red wines like Rioja after a long day.
Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter, for a juicy, true story of vineyard blackmail. (Also excellent with a hearty red on the side.)
Viña Zaco retails for just $15!
Fun Facts: Spanish wines are labelled based on age, and making youngsters like Zaco “Consecha.” Check the back of bottles for a sticker indicating the aging treatment.
The use of oak in Rioja started in 1780, after Don Manuel Quintano visited Bordeaux.
Español for Dummies:
I like this wine! = Me gusta este vino!
This is terrible! = Este vino es terribile!
Another bottle for the table please. = Uno mas por la mesa.