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VIRTUAL Event – Super Wine Sunday: The Wines of Rioja

February 7 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


by Marty Cook

The Pennsylvania Wine Society is pleased to present “Super Wine Sunday: The Wines of Rioja” as our next in a series of Virtual Wine Tasting events. This event touches upon the Rioja wine region of Spain. The Rioja is a fascinating wine region that is really representative of three distinct terroir as it runs west to east across the northern Spanish terrain.

During our presentation, Joe Via will explore one white wine and two red wines as he gives us an in depth look at the Rioja region. So, please consider joining us on February 7th, dubbed Super Wine Sunday, when we kick off “Super Wine Sunday: The Wines of Rioja” at 3:30 p.m.

Securing the Wines

In advance of our presentation, please secure one, two, or all three of the following offerings! They are available in Pennsylvania at premium Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores; but, please secure these offerings sooner than later, as supplies may not be robust in some areas! The PLCB codes, product names, descriptions and prices follow:

Code #79270 ~ Cune Barrel Fermented Rioja Blanco 2018
$11.99 plus applicable sales tax
Grape Variety is Viura, the most important white grape of Rioja

A Chairman’s Selection®  Originally quoted at $21.99

“A crisp and creamy white with sliced-pear and green-apple aromas and flavors. Medium body. Clean finish.”
91 Points James Suckling, July 26, 2019

“Golden yellow apple, pear and subtle hints of spiced hazelnut/vanilla on the sublime nose. The textured palate offers good tension, integrated oak and a lovely mineral character on the lingering finish. A beautiful, traditional-styled white from a historic producer — outstanding!”   – Josh Hull, Chairman’s Selection® wine buyer

Code #98642 ~ Altos Ibericos Rioja Crianza 2016
$14.99 plus applicable sales tax
Grape Variety is Tempranillo

“Purity of fruit in this red, from plums and red berries to ripe strawberries. It’s full-bodied with firm, tight tannins that are polished and soft. Lovely tension and focus. Extremely well done. Try after 2020, but hard to resist now.”
92 Points James Suckling

”Opaque cherry red. Rich fruit aromas (cherry, black plum jam) with spicy (green peppercorn) and smoky notes. Intense, warm, with firm tannins nicely structured by oak aging and a backbone of subtle fruit acidity. Designed to pair perfectly with new trends in avant-garde cuisine. Excellent with all kinds of tapas prepared with fresh ingredients; red meat, oil-rich fish and cheeses. Equally exquisite with cured Iberico pork.” ~ Winemaker’s Notes

Code #79269 ~ Contino Rioja Reserva 2015
$29.99 plus applicable sales tax
Blend is Tempranillo, Graciano, Mazuelo and Garnacha

Chairman’s Selection®  Originally quoted at $46.00

“The 2015 Reserva is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% split between Mazuelo and Garnacha… and an élevage in 60% French and 40% American oak barrels for two years. It feels fresher than the 2014, and it also shows younger, with better integrated oak, subtle aromas and nice balance. Drink 2019-2025.”
94 Points Wine Advocate, June 2019

“This shows so much intense dark berry such as blueberries and blackberries with hints of flowers. Lavender too. Full body, dense tannins with freshness and intensity. So tight and focused. A classic Rioja.”
96 Points James Suckling, August 2018

ZOOM Link Info

You are invited to the following scheduled Pennsylvania Wine Society event via Zoom:
“Super Wine Sunday: The Wines of Rioja” (a presentation that includes three representative wines of the Spanish Rioja)

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February 7
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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