2018 Tierra Agricola Labastida ‘El Primavera’ Rioja

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A classic Tempranillo with a cherry red hue and aromas of wild berries, violets, aromatic herbs, clay and menthol. Raspberries and blueberries fill the palate with violets and smoked caramel on the finish.

Great to pair with grilled sausages, paella, or tacos!

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Tempranillo

Famous by the wines being produced in Spain’s Rioja region, this is Spain’s native top grape variety. If Tempranillo is to Rioja as Cabernet is to Bordeaux, and Pinot Noir to Burgundy, then this noble red-grape variety is nothing to be shy about. Producing dry, scented, medium-full bodied red wines worthy of aging. They are classified in Spain by how long they age in oak barrels. Bolder Tempranillo’s can show old-fashioned, top quality, mature richness. Pair these with gourmet burgers, lamb, and other red meats. For the more fresh styles (less aging) try baked pasta and white meat fare.

Other notable regions are Ribera del Duero and Toro in Spain, and Douro Valley and Alentejo in Portugal where it is known as Tinta Roriz or Aragonêz.

Rioja, Spain

Located in The Upper Ebro within North Central Spain, Rioja is split into three distinct sub-regions centered around the region’s principal city, Logroño. Grape plantings here are dominated by Tempranillo. However, you’ll also find delicious Garnacha, Viura, and Verdejo. Oak maturation plays a large role in winemaking style. Although, Rioja wines can be made in a range of styles depending on what the winemaking is seeking to achieve. Traditionally, wines were aged in American Oak giving pronounced flavors for vanilla, coconut, or dill. Now, you may find many producers are using oak from France or other European countries to give some of their wines more subtle spicy aromatics. 

The Fernandez Gomez family has been growing grapes in the Labastida area for more than a century. The fifth generation, consisting of three brothers, was the first generation in a long line of growers with the goal of producing high quality wines commercially. The family owns more than 30 hectares in different locations all over the town of Labastida, Brinas, Villalba and Briones. Their vineyard holdings consist of varying terroirs and grape varieties which enable them to produce a great number of wines that show the characteristics of the vineyards where they come from.

“Our precious wines are grown in thirty hectares facing the slopes of the Toloño mountain with the greatest care of our wine growers from Labastida and San Vicente. We believe that the key to get the best results from the vineyard is the right choice of soil and variety plus their orientation altogether.”

 

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