100% Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain.
Normally sold for anywhere from $18-$25 but purchased at Costco for only $10!
From the bottle:
"Made from selected Tempranillo grapes from our best vineyards. After a temperature controlled fermentation, 24 months ageing in American and French oak barrels and final process of bottle maturation in our cellars, we attain this fine and balanced wine.
Bright cherry red in colour. Displays a deep complexity of ripe red fruits, spices, tobacco and liquorice very well balanced. Warm, complex and elegant in the palate with a long and velvety aftertaste. Ideal to serve with all types of meat dishes, stews and matured cheese.
Today's wine is one that I totally stumbled upon on a recent trip to Costco. As I perused the store, I pulled out a $10 bottle to take a closer look and was shocked to find a 2007 Rioja Reserva. At $10, it's got to be too good to be true I thought to myself. As you may remember, Rioja has very strict standards for labeling their wine and a Reserva wine must have 18-24 months of aging in oak and another 18-24 months in the bottle. (In the case of this wine it is 24 months in both.) My curiosity got the best of me and I bought one bottle to check it out.
I love Spain for value wines. Not only has this wine experienced a lot of aging in oak and the bottle, but the vines that produced these grapes have an average age of 30 years -- in a $10 bottle! The extreme value here reminds me of another of my favorite Spanish wines, the Evodia Garnacha. I was sure hoping it might be as good.
Upon returning home I did a little web searching and quickly found that Wine Enthusiast has this wine and vintage #18 on their top 100 list for 2011. Mind you, this was not their "Budget Buy" top 100, but the overall top 100 with wines of all price points. Now I generally don't put a lot of stock in these lists, but this certainly peaked my interest even more. I decided I couldn't wait and popped open a bottle that very night. The result? Read on...
The oak influence on the 2007 Vina Eguia Rioja Reserva is apparent right from the get-go with strong vanilla aromas but there are also notes of black cherry, spice and licorice which all become more prominent as the wine opens up. Tasting the wine also shows lots of oak influence in the strong vanilla flavors but again the fruit appears nicely with some air. The wine has strong and rich tannins and a nice dense mouthfeel. Patience is definitely rewarded here because as it breathes you gets loads of licorice, cola, black cherry and mixed berries along with vanilla and cinnamon. Really tasty. The medium-long finish is dry and has slightly sour black cherry cola and vanilla flavors. As I said this is a really delicious wine once it opens up -- the oak overwhelms at first but by day 2 it is great. Give it a couple more years and I think it'll be utterly fantastic.
If you were buying this to drink today, I'd probably give a Taste Rating of an 8, which is very good. However, based on the potential here I have to bump this up to a 9. It's pretty rare you can find an age worthy gem like this for only $10. I liked it so much I hurried back to Costco first thing the next morning to stock up!
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.