Sunday, October 30, 2011

Montebuena Rioja 2009

I've posted earlier that Rioja is my favorite or at least one of my favorite autumn wines.  Don't ask why, I don't really know why, but it is. Last week-end I stopped by one of the many nearby wine and spirits shops to pick up a bottle of Chianti for Shirley's spaghetti sauce and found this inexpensive Rioja on the store's "picks of the week" rack. A Montebuena Rioja 2009.($11) made with 100% Tempranillo grapes.
Nice dark purple color in the glass. Dark cherry aromas with some blackberry, leather and a hint of pepper.  In the mouth were loads of blackberry, some cherry and spice with hints of mocha. The wine finished long, smooth and dry with lots of fruit and a bit of vanilla.
Shirley didn't make the spaghetti sauce, so we settled for some sloppy joes for a quick evening meal.  This was a great red wine with the chili sauce used in the BBQ style sloppy joes.  The wine was also great just sipping afterwards.  A very nice Spanish wine with a very nice price tag. I was able to return to the wine shop and pick up a few more.  Can't think of a better way to spend my autumn Sunday afternoons then watching the NFL and sipping on a delicious Montebuena Rioja.


Renee Keele said...

Oh! I have this wine in my collection too! Been waiting to try it, but have not yet, so thank you for this post now the bottle can be opened. Love your blog.

joeshico said...

Thank you Renee for the comment and for following my blog.
The Montebuena is a very nice and a very good value Rioja. You may want to try with your favorite cheese pizza.

Anonymous said...

Not bad, especially for the price but disappointing based on the 90 rating. I think it is a "90 adjusted for price"....not very long in mouth and a strong hint of vanilla and apple (yes, apple as in Calvados)that masks the rest.