- Bodegas Laukote Tempranillo Tinto 2012 Product #27283 (In Stock)
Only someone a like winemaker Norberto Miguel would call wine from 35 year-old vines his “young vine” cuvee or sell it at such a silly good price. Norberto farms and harvests this Tempranillo for freshness and verve, and then ferments it in tank using carbonic maceration – the technique made famous in Beaujolais – to retain all of the grapes’ juicy fruit.
The Wine Advocate 90 point 2009 was one of our “go to” party and weeknight supper wines a few years ago and his 2010 was our very first Chain Bridge Cellars Selection – a designation we give to the very best food-friendly, great value, wines ready to enjoy tonight before, during, and after a meal. The 2012 is even better! Even darker and more fruit-filled than in the past, it serves up explosive aromas and flavors of ripe black cherry and plum, licorice, lilac, and a touch of aged tobacco. The refreshing acidity makes your mouth water and hand reach for another sip, and the flavors of black fruit, licorice, and fresh herb linger on and on. More than ripe and generous enough to drink on its own (try it with a quick chill!), there’s sneaky structure here, with fine, ripe, tannins providing the support it needs to work with a huge range of foods. And, the best in the USA price isn’t bad, either!
- Bodegas Laukote Rioja Vendimia Seleccionada 2009 Product #26360 (In Stock)
From 80+ year-old Tempranillo vines, hand-harvested, and crushed by foot to extract plenty of color and flavor without getting harsh tannins from the stems or seeds. After vinification the wines go into American and French oak barrels – in 2009, 4 new and 12 old (7 years). The result is just about the perfect marriage between Rioja tradition and modern winemaking sensibility. In 2009 – the best vintage in Rioja since the great 2005 – this shows all of the power and depth of the past few releases but with a smidge more elegance and purity. It’s already generous aromatically, with powerful scents of black raspberry and plum fruit accented by notes of sweet spice, tobacco, violets and a touch of iron. The flavors are rich and almost lush with loads of ripe, dark, fruit lifted up by a note of blood orange acidity and supported by masses of fine, velvety, tannins. Drink now with rich or smoky foods or let it get even more elegant and complex over the next 8-15 years.