Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Lacrimus Rioja

Valsanzo (Bodegas Sendero Royal?)
Tempranillo, Graciano
Rioja DOCa

Rincon de Soto, La Rioja, Spain
$13.89 -- Costco, Austin, TX

Color: Dark ruby
Nose: Cherry, blackberry bramble, orange grove
Body: Medium to full
Front: Cherry
Middle: Leather, spice, blackberry
Back: Licorice, gas
Burns clean?: Yes
Cap: Cork

A tasty Rioja, well worth the money. It'll age, I reckon, too. Good with food (pizza, in this case) and a bit brooding. It's a big wine, and I suppose one might say it's a "modern" style, but it's still plenty Spanish--the dark and herby aspects of it are to be reckoned. Hmm. Rosemaried lamb or potatoes would be awesome with this, come to think of it.