Bodegas Lar De Paula Rioja Tempranillo 2010Product #26870
Bottle Size Bottle (750ml) Color/Type Red Country/State Spain Email Wines Q1 2013 (Jan-mar) Price $10 - $30 Producer Bodegas Lar de Paula Region Rioja Varietal Tempranillo Vintage 2010
100% Tempranillo from 20+ year-old vines in Rioja Alavesa, perhaps Rioja’s best sub-region. The ripe fruit gets a cool fermentation and gentle extraction and then just 4 months aging in a mixture of new American and French oak. This is the perfect marriage of Tempranillo plum and cherry fruit with gentle, but classic, Rioja oak accents. Yes, the aromas and flavors are pretty, but the texture and structure are the real stars here. It’s luxurious, round, and velvety in your mouth but avoids any hint of heaviness. And, the tannins and acids are more than soft enough for solo sipping, but have just the right power to let the wine sing with food and keep your mouth watering – and your hand reaching back to the glass.
“Bodegas Lar de Paula is owned by Fernando Meruelo and his family, who also own Bodegas Heredad de Baroja. The 2010 Tempranillo has a simple, fresh, ebullient nose of dark plum and bright red cherries. The palate is fresh, well-balanced and supple with a caressing, deep, plush, dark plum and cherries smothering the finish that is utterly seamless. This is superbly crafted from start to finish. Drink now-2016.”Wine Advocate 91 points