Monday, April 27, 2009

Why Wine: Joeshico Wine Review; Vina Real Rioja 2005

I promised in my last post (Why?) that I would do a Joeshico wine review this week, but I am finding it a bit difficult to do since I have been emptying my rack of all my expensive wines. Don't worry, I will keep the promise. (last paragraph, short to the point, don't miss it)

I just came to the realization that for the past 35 years, I mismanaged my wine rack. I always kept a few really good (well, maybe not good, but expensive) wines in the rack for special occasions, like parties, friends over for dinner or I just need a nice Barolo tonight. I don't store wine. I did once, but after a few years, I gave into temptation and that ended any plans for a wine storage facility in my home. But, I continued to always buy one or two expensive wines when I shopped. That eventually lead to a minor problem. At some point my rack had very little everyday wines and I was not planning on too many special occasions. When I would look for a nice 'cheap' wine to have with a salami sandwich or to just sip on the patio, there was none. That's because I always hated to open a good wine for no reason.

Now I am going to attempt a new method. I have a 30 bottle rack and it will no longer contain any wine over $20 US. Well, maybe a few slightly over. Special occasions are not spur of the moment events. When planning one is the time I will buy the special wine. Hold on a sec.
I could probably serve most of my friends grape juice with a little alcohol in it and get away with that. Only a few are wine savy. I can see now I will save money. It's beginning to sound better and better. I shall keep all my readers updated (unless I fail). I shall begin as soon as my Banfi Cum Laude is empty. Wait, there's graduations, Mothers Day and my wifes birthday in May, and in June, my daughters birthday, our wedding anniversary and a New York City vacation.
I will begin in July(unless something comes up)

Now the joeshico wine review!!!

One of the few less expensive wines I had left was a Vina Real Rioja Crianza 2005.

Vina Real was developed by Cune in the 1940's. Sixty years later, Cune took the decision to finally give Vina Real its real home, where not only is the wine produced but also aged and bottled. Vina Real is located on the "Cerro de la Mesa" hill, Rioja Alavesa.
The Vina Real wines are modern in structure, balance and elegance, with a potential for very long aging in bottle, this last being the main characteristic of the Rioja Alavesa province.

Full, morello cherry, ruby red, good intensity. Ripe autumn red and purple fruit, raspberries, damsons and sloes over a fine toasty vanilla complexity. Rich, deep and balanced. Well structured on the palate with plenty of fine, lingering rich fruit and a lively note of tannin. The finish is elegant and long with good balancing acidity.

I find sort of a mixed berry aroma, not very intense and nothing more. How some can sniff and immediately give a list of a gazillion aromas beats me. On the palate it is fruity and the finish is
long and balanced. This is a great wine to have for just about any type pairing or just to lay back and sip while listening to Frank or Ella(that's Sinatra and Fitzgerald for you younger readers), as I did tonight. Easily found at $14 - $16. Nice wine to always have on hand.
Take it from a novice; Great Buy!


The Wine Whore said...

I always try to have a couple bottles of my more expensive favorites on hand in case I want to celebrate or if I just had a horrible day and need something to make me feel better. There are so many great wines for less than $20, I bet you could easily fill that rack with wines that even those friends with a keen palate would enjoy.

Great review... I'll keep an eye out for this one!


Shelly said...

I have a measly 12 bottle rack and I can't even keep that stocked. I'll try to fill it as well, but will probably fill it with under $10 bottles. The only time it gets close to stocked is after a trip to Trader Joe's of World Market...which reminds me, I'm due for a trip.

PJ said...

I have had this Rioja just recently and you are 'right on' with your review. I will certainly buy again.