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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Wine Tasting - Aspaldi Rioja Reserva 2006

"It is well to remember that there are five reasons for drinking:  the arrival of a friend, one’s present or future thirst, the excellence of the wine, or any other reason."
 - Latin Proverb

Hello.  Thanks for checking out my blog post.  Here’s wishing you and our planet well.

Here’s pulling a couple of tasting reviews from that old dusty trunk in the attic.  This tasting took affect during a wine class that was held on June 26, 2011.  I wish that I could say that my memory remembers everything about that day and about this particular wine but it cannot.

Chucky's Point Score:  91
Tiffany's Point Score:  92

Awesome!  A whole box full of Aspaldi Rioja Reserva 2006.

Appellation:  Rioja, Spain
Grape Varietal(s):  100% Tempranillo
Rating:  90 points Wine Enthusiast
Price:  $19.99 at Total Wines & More in June 2011
Vintage: 2006
Producer:  Heredad Ugarte
Alcohol:  13.5%

Tasting notes as follows.

Chucky's Tasting Sheet

Chucky's Notes:  "(no notes)"

Tiffany's Tasting Sheet

Tiffany's Notes:  "Excellent.  Nice peppery taste with a bold fruitiness."

I can only remember this wine by virtue of our tasting notes.  The 91 and 92 scores speak loud and clear.  This selection deserves the vintner's "Reserva" designation.  Made from those specially selected vines, rows, bunches, and/or blends held aside for those special bottles of vino.  You know...The stuff that you save and serve only for the best of friends (or not share at all).

Other than the tasting sheets we had made, my best judgement for this selection can also be made by two observations:  (1) the appellation (climate/terrior) and (2) the grape varietal.  Anyone who has ever sipped on a Tempranillo from Rioja cannot soon forget its effect upon the palate.

Each grape varietal has its optimal region(s) to flourish and grow (in the case of grapes, struggle).  Australia has its Syrah, Chile has its Carménère and Rioja its Tempranillo.  If your job is to make the best wine possible and still earn a living, you're going to plant, grow and bottle only the finest grapes that you are able given your climate and terrior.  You're probably not going to find a bad Rioja Tempranillo, just some tasting better than others.  This selection is one of those being "better".

Hi-dee hi-dee an-empty-wine-bottle-is-a-memory-forever-ho my friend.

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