- 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!