Bodegas Ramírez de la Piscina Rioja Gran Reserva 2011
A classic, old-school Rioja Gran Reserva at an incredible price. Vineyards in Ábalos and San Vicente de la Sonsierra planted between 1932 and 1985. A rare 100% Tempranillo, destemmed, and transferred to stainless steel tanks for maceration. The temperature controlled fermentation begins spontaneously and when finished the wine is run off by gravity. Malolactic in tank. 24 months in American and French oak barrels in underground cellars followed by 2 months in stainless steel for natural fining and settling. Once bottled, it is bottle aged underground for at least 36 months. Earthy, slightly robust, with all of those notes of spice, leather, smooth tannins, and a lengthy finish. Roasted duck, cornish hen, or a mushroom and potato tartin would be excellent with this.