Vina Zaco 2010
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Intense, bright cherry with violet hues. Initial dominant notes of black fruits, violets and liquorice followed by the underlying spicy notes of barrel aging — vanilla and clove. Medium–bodied with a long, fresh finish.
Wine Spectator - "This red shows focus and good density, with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and plum accented with toast and coffee, all supported by well-integrated tannins. Leafy and minerally accents linger on the finish."
Vina Zaco Winery
Viña Zaco is the rebellious new Rioja from Bodegas Bilbainas—a Rioja with a contemporary twist. Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta. But that's where Zaco's links with the past begin and end. With its abundance of fresh red berries, notes of liquorice and faint undertones of spice, Zaco is the ultimate modern expression of Rioja. View all Vina Zaco Wines
About RiojaView a map of Rioja wineries (ree-OH-hah) Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha (Grenache)), which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (or Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines. Malvasia, the grape that was once the most planted white, is found less often.
Notable FactsThe Rioja wine trade is somewhat confusing. Grapes are typically brought to a merchant's bodega from one of the 20,000+ growers in the region, or via a cooperative. The wine is then bottled and labelled by that bodega. Rioja's Consejo Regulador keeps track of all vineyards and bodegas to make sure they are following the DOCa regulations. Put in place to ensure quality, the system also controls prices.
As with the rest of Spain, the wine label may state Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on barrel & bottle maturation. Crianzas are usually found within two years of the vintage and offer fresh, ripe wines. Reserva and Gran Reserva will be found a few years after the vintage, as the bodega will be aging the wines in barrel and bottle before release. Both typically show more secondary characteristics of spice and oak ageing.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review4 }div>3.8 out of 5 stars
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19 ratings, 15 with reviews39/5/2014LauraSR - Philadelphia, PA18/22/2014
I think my bottle may have gone bad.KimC - Milford, PA46/16/2014
- Earth & Spicy
Good taste, balance with flavor and acid to make a enjoyable wine. Can't beat the price with the quality. Have bought 8 bottles already has become a perfect table/anytime wine.jul&fab - East Petersburg, PA45/21/2014
- Smooth & Supple
An average Rioja. Very good deal. Will take more.H2oskii - Gibsonia, PA54/20/2014
- Earth & Spicy
This was a great find! Has just the right amount of character and fruitiness, and goes down dry. I brought it to a Mom's Wine/Cheese party -- it was the favorite of most of my group. Great price too -- Love this wine!!54/15/2014A really excellent wine for the price. Very pleasant by itself and with most food.Zhlmsd - Boston, MA33/28/2014
- Fruity & Smooth
Good value - little bit light and not as much depth or finish as I prefer in a tempranillo, but definitely could up front flavor.PaulDfromPA - Malvern, PA33/3/2014This one is a winnerColor - Denver, CO42/6/2014Surprisingly good. Will stock more~AnnR - Los Angeles, CA42/5/2014
- Earth & Spicy
great flavor for an everyday wine.33/23/2013The first day it was opened was the best. It had a nice nose and medium body on the mouth. Slightly hollow. The second day was terrible.walktard - Tahoe City, CA310/9/20133.5 stars. Good qpr.klkestner - Colorado Springs, CO59/26/2013I was very surprised by this wine! It is sweet at first, but goes down dry. Adding it to my favorites!SteamboatCB - Englewood, CO48/20/2013
- Smooth & Supple
A very pleasing wine. What I call a patio wine. Very good value.PrioRad - Reisterstown, MD45/10/2013Very good for the price. A very enjoyable wine.aar5130 - Jersey City, NJ46/3/2013Helen Mann - Albuquerque, NM43/5/201343/2/2013
- Light & Fruity
Good bang for the buck. Good color, body and smooth finish. I have also tasted the 2008 vintage which is similar.PsychoDiver - Sugar Land, TX411/13/2012
- Smooth & Supple
Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
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