Burgo Viejo Crianza Rioja 2005

Burgo Viejo Crianza Rioja 2005

Varietal: Rioja (90% Tempranillo; 10% Graciano)
Region: Spain
Cost: $11

Ruby red color with notes of violet.  Flavors of black fruit, vanilla, and coconut.  Pairs well with cheese and red meat.

Recommendations: This wine is a perfect example of wine you listen to your wine guy.  While attending the Friday tasting held by The Wine Cellar, the manager recommended the Burgo Viejo, knowing that my wife and I are fans of Spanish wine.  Let your wine store know your palate and they will find great wines for you.

It didn’t take us long to get the bottle open once we got home, deciding to pair it with the pork tenderloins we had been marinading for two days in bourbon (ask me for that marinade some time – it’s awesome).  Great jammy flavors of black fruit were readily evident on the palate, with a nice smooth finish that belied the 13.5% alcohol.  

With the tenderloin it did a great job of bringing out the grilled flavors of the meat while still letting the pork shine through.  The only down side to this wine was that the bottle wasn’t bigger, but it’s definitely one that I would recommend picking up if you’re a fan of Spanish wine…or if you’re not.

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