Monday, March 25, 2013

Garcia Carrion Antaño Rioja Reserva 2007

Sometimes when I am shopping for wine, I bring Shirley along to choose a wine or two that she may like.  That usually or always means a Chianti or sometimes another Tuscan wine.  There have been times that she surprises me by picking out a non-Italian bottle and that is usually because she likes the label.  What amazes me is that she never picks a bad wine.  Last week, we stopped into one of the many small Wine & Spirits stores while mall walking and Shirley added a Spanish Rioja from Garcia Carrion to our small cart of wines.  It was their Antaño Rioja Reserva 2007($12).
I opened the blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Garnacha for dinner that evening.  Shirley made a quick meal of pasta with her red sauce.  I never use to add cheese to my pasta until lately.  Now I like to add some Pecorino Romano.  Nothing fancy, except for maybe this inexpensive Rioja.
The color was a very nice dark red with aromas of dark fruit, black cherry, plum, currant and blackberry with some leather and a hint of toasty oak. The mouthfeel was nice and rich with flavors of blackberry, cherries with just a little spice leading to a long finish filled with plum and currants and some vanilla.  After dinner I enjoyed the remaining wine while nibbling on dark chocolate wafers.
The Antaño Rioja Reserva would pair nicely with lamb chops or pork tenderloin and as I discovered, an excellent match for Italian red sauce.
An excellent value and Very Highly Recommended.

1 comment:

Mike Carlson said...

This is interesting. I usually find this wine in shops but I haven't tried this though.