In every nook and cranny of the world, there are exquisite treasures waiting to be explored, tasted and experienced. Recently, master winemaker Diego Pinilla trekked from the beautiful Rioja Alta region of Spain to share his love of Rioja Alta and a sampling of the treasures of the award-winning Bodegas Bilbaínas, the largest vineyard owner in the small municipality of Haro.
It’s a beautiful region, known for raising the Tempranillo, welcoming guests with open arms and for producing quality wines of depth and character that are full of ripe berry flavors with spicy undertones and creamy vanilla oak finishes for the last hundred or so years. Bodegas Bilbaínas is nestled in the central northeastern region of Spain, where hospitality flows, artisan traditions are still the common stead, and the wines speak of the pride in culture, the land, the climate, and the people. Cultivated to accent a life that is rich, full, and a bit spicy laid on a foundation of food, history, and culture, the wines were lovely, accessible, and delicious.
These are our favorites:
Viña Pomal Reserva 2008: Think elegant, soft, pretty, round flavors of blackberry tempered with the ripe spiciness of black pepper smoothed over with oak and vanilla.
Viña Pomal Reserva Alta de la Caseta 2008: Derived from a warmer climate in a very, very limited production that spends five years in the bottle before it even comes to market. Be prepared for a beautiful, lush mouth feel, rich in mellow black fruit encased gently in oak that begs to be enjoyed in good company.
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