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Bodegas Aldonia 100 Rioja Garnacha 2012

Grenache from Rioja, Spain
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    Winemaker Notes

    Bright ruby red color with hints of violet and moderate intensity. In the nose, this wine expresses deep terroir and landscape with notes of wild flowers, aromatic herbs, mineral aromas, forest fruits and brushwood. Its remarkable mineral acidity is balanced with a smooth, round palate and abundant tannins.

    Try pairing with poultry, pasta, rice, legumes, soft cheeses, and ham.

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    Bodegas Aldonia, Rioja, Spain
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    Bodegas Aldonia originated in 2006 with the efforts of two Rioja entrepreneurs and brothers, who are the fourth generation of a family with a long tradition of vines and wines.

    Eager to express a new philosophy of the region rather than follow restrictions according to the Consejo Regulador for Crianza and Reserva categories, Aldonia prefers to let the fruit of the vineyards dictate the percentage of varietal composition and oak treatment best suited for each wine.

    The Aldonia brothers are old vine Garnacha specialists with some sites as old as 100 years. With 16 hectares of vineyards in Rioja Baja and Rioja Alta, they work with only native red and white varietals. The entire range of wines have at least 60% Garnacha, with one in particular at a full 100%. Productions are low and the wines are often aged with less oak to respect the essence of the grape.

    Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

    Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged around six months to one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two (plus three years in bottle), but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

    Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

    White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.

    Grenache

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    Full-bodied but light in both color and tannin, Grenache loves the sun. It thrives in hot climates where it can easily achieve full ripeness. Grenache is best known in the Southern Rhône, where its plush texture and ample alcohol are tamed by savory Syrah and structured Mourvèdre, most notably in Côtes du Rhône and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Grenache originates in Spain, where it is known as Garnacha and is important throughout the country, particularly in Rioja, where it is blended with the more austere Tempranillo, and in Priorat in tandem with savory Cariñena (Carignan). It is also responsible for dry, fruity rosés in Navarra. In Sardinia, the variety is known as Cannonau and produces bold, rustic reds. In California, Grenache has achieved popularity both flying solo and playing a supporting role in Rhône-style blends.

    In the Glass

    In sufficiently warm conditions, Grenache produces smooth and generous wines that are loaded with red fruit flavors ranging from strawberry to cherry to dark berry. Richer examples can also show plum, chocolate, and licorice.

    Perfect Pairings

    Despite its bold flavors, Grenache has very mild-mannered tannins, which makes it eminently quaffable on its own, yet easy to match with food. With its uncomplicated, friendly nature, Grenache is the ultimate barbecue red, pairing happily with lamb loin chops or spicy Italian sausages. Unlike most other full-bodied reds, Grenache’s low tannin level ensures that it will not be fazed by a good chili kick.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sardinia’s Cannonau is often revered for its association with a long, healthy life. Residents of the Italian island often live well into their 90s and beyond, and they credit this antioxidant-rich wine—along with their healthy Mediterranean diet—for their impressive longevity.

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