Altos de la Guardia Crianza Rioja 2013

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Rioja DOC

Want a reliable tip for value and flavor? Head to Spain's famous Rioja region. And if you're really looking for something special, check out this boutique discovery, from Parker-praised wine whiz, Jean-Marc Sauboua.

It's made from an old patch of premium Tempranillo (planted a little more than 40 years ago), Rioja’s star red grape. Aged for 14 months in fine French oak, the wine delivers delicately spicy notes of berry fruit with a velvety-smooth texture. Sporting 97 points and a Grand Gold medal at Tempranillos al Mundo (the world’s most prestigious competition focusing on the Tempranillo grape), Altos de la Guardia is a sure-fire way to make a great impression on your dinner guests.

Crianza is the juicy, vibrant style you’re most likely to see a local Riojan enjoying with dinner. They're made to be enjoyed in their youth and are terrific for everyday drinking (and pair deliciously with roasted lamb chops).

Jean-Marc prefers to make his wines in small batches – the mark of a quality-conscious winemaker. Order quickly to ensure you get to taste this special release.

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    Posted by Peter Halpern on 30th Nov 2017

    Didn't blow me away, but good Rioja, balanced, somewhat spicy, also enjoyable on its own.