7/21/2014

Quick Sip: Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon 2004 Gran Reserva

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Today’s Quick Sip is the Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon 2004 Gran Reserva. Rioja is a significant wine region located in northern Spain with a viticultural history that dates back centuries. The region is best known for its delicious Tempranillo-based blends, which can include amounts of Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano. Rioja red wines, as I can attest to, typically offer very good value for the money. Additionally, they generally have the ability to age and develop in the bottle. If you’re looking for a satisfying example that already has some bottle age on it, then I recommend taking advantage of this under $20 deal. Lastly, with the seasonal warmth of summer upon us, the region’s drier rosé wines should not be overlooked. They are appealing, reasonably priced, and ideal refreshers and food-partners for backyard cookouts. For further information and where you can find this wine, please see my tasting notes below.

Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon 2004 Gran Reserva
Review: Bodegas Franco-Espanolas Rioja Bordon 2004 Gran Reserva (SRP $26): Crimson red in color, this medium-bodied Rioja is composed of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha, 5% Mazuello, and 5% Graciano. Black cherries, blackberry, and cassis lead onto the palate alongside cedar box, dill, trailing licorice and soft raisin-like notes. This wine is well-balanced and harmonious in the mouth, with fresh, food-friendly acidity lifting mature fruit flavors over a fine, elegant texture. The medium-length finish is pleasing with savory characteristics. Overall, this is a reasonably priced bottle of Rioja with some bottle age on it that's drinking nicely right now. Region: Rioja, Spain. (Other info: ABV: 13.5, matured 36 months in American oak barrels, cork enclosure.) 90 Points.

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