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Our sommelier was pleasantly surprised by a Riojan blend

It has awakened my curiosity for the flavors expressed by wines from outside the famous Province of Mendoza, but generally the gondolas do not allow to satisfy it. In that search I found a Riojan blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and Petit Verdot grapes, year 2011 and with a 12-month stay in American Oak. With an extremely attractive composition, and taking into account the years in the bottle, I examined the packaging and what could be seen of the cork without it showing any deterioration. Once at home, I'll arrange it for the Tasting. The cork is uncorked without any complications, the cork has good moisture base and shows no signs of contact with the air. Served in glass shows very bright colors with well marked violet tones, good edge slightly lighter and brighter tones to backlight. Its aroma expresses the typical aroma of the two most famous strains, filling it with plums, leather, ash and tobacco. What was different was what came next and had to do with the Petit Verdot. A gentle aroma of grass invaded the glass and eventually sealed the olfactory experience. Tannic at its right point, slightly itchy and balanced acidity. With a medium finish in the mouth. Nina Blend from Bodega San Huberto is an example made with grapes from the Aminga Valley, at an altitude of 1450 meters, which once vinified and after passing through barrels, had a stowage of 12 months in the bottle before its release to the market, the years it has been bottled, have given it a very complex bouquet, which makes it silky in the mouth, but with a great presence. A wine that is undoubtedly round. Excellent moment with a wine from the Province of La Rioja, an area that will surely continue to surprise me!

Publication Date: 18/06/2018

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