2001 Conde de Valdemar Reserva, Rioja, Spain $22.95 LCBO #177345
This week I tried two red wines from Spain’s Rioja region that were so good I couldn’t figure out which one to feature as this week’s “Wine of the Week”. So in celebration of the final (and thankfully sunny) long weekend of the summer, here are my picks.
The 2004 Muga Reserva is a very expressive red wine. Made from the Tempranillo [temp-rah-NEE-yo] grape, this wine has strong flavours of cedar and black cherries with soft tannins that hold the wine together. At $23.95, this wine is a powerhouse for the price. I would strongly recommend that you get a few bottles of this wine and pair it with chicken and grilled vegetables.
The 2001 Conde de Valdemar Reserva is also made from the Tempranillo grape, but has been aged longer in barrel. This additional aging gives this wine a much different profile that the Muga. The Conde de Valdemar is much more balanced between its flavours of black cherry and cigar box and the spiciness found on the finish (see if you can taste the difference). At $22.95, this wine is a great find and a definite recommend…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.