Rioja Reserva Wine
Rioja Reserva Wine Salceda Reviews
Wines from Spain: The American Influence Jul 03, 2010
The Spanish Rioja Reserva wine, was one of 3 international wines I tasted on Independence weekend. Although typically Spanish, the Rioja is aged in American Oak barrels as opposed to French oak barrels. At the time when the use of newer oak barrels that impart more flavor and tannin than used ones came into fashion, many spanish wineries could not afford French oak. Thus they started to use the more affordable American oak barrels. Many Spanish winemakers claim the flavor of the American oak is better suited for Rioja, while other more esteemed bodegas have switched to French oak, the more influential oak in the wine industry.
There are wineries in many regions aside from France that use American oak. Grown mostly in Oregan, Michigan and Wisconsiin. For many years back the Spanish Rioja was considered the definition of traditional Spanish red wines. It became popular in the late 1800s when France was hit by the Phylloxera.
I took note during the tasting that this particular wine (Rioja Reserve) has an intense note to it. Dark red cherry color with notes of leather, a tobacco like smell to it. I thought I tasted pepper, but there was a strong ripe plum or black fruit smell as well. There is a spicy finish to it, that makes you want to drink more.
Highly recommended for meat dinners.
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