- Bodegas Laukote Rioja Tempranillo Borg 2012 Product #28428 (In Stock)
Start with "young" (20-30 years) Tempranillo vines growing naturally in rocky vineyards in Rioja Alavesa. Hand harvest the grapes and place them in a tank - uncrushed and still on the stems - and then blanket them with CO2. Then, once fermentation starts, winemaker Norberto Miguel puts on a breathing mask and air tank...and jumps down into the grapes! He steps gently to break grape skins and extract color without crushing seeds or breaking stems that might add bitter tannin. Then, as fermentation continues, he gives the wine gentle pump-overs to get more color, richness and depth still.
The last vintage of this beauty was called "Ona", but Norberto Miguel had to change the name to Borg this release. It's still one of the most versatile, juicy, and absolutely delicious Tempranillo wines in the store. The 2012 is even more juicy and refreshing than the 2011. Loads of fresh cherry, red plum and blackberry fruit with accents of wood smoke, spice, and earth - all from the soil, because there's no oak on this wine at all! The fine tannins give it enough support for food, but you can chill it and sip it solo, too!
- 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.