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What I’m Drinking Now by John Mariani

2017
29 November
2017-11-29 00:00:00
2017-11-29 00:00:00

What I’m Drinking Now by John Mariani

La Rioja Alta 2007, S.A. Gran Reserva 904 ($50-$55)—Yes, I did recently cite Viña Ardanza as my favorite Spanish producer, but after drinking this Gran Reserva from 2007, I’m tempted to call it my Wine of the Year. In any case, I can’t recall any other wine this year that has given me so much pleasure for its impeccably knit blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano from 60-year-old vines in Briñas, Labastida and Villalba. The 2007 wine was transferred to 4-year-old American oak barrels the following spring, where it stayed until 2012, racked every six months and made into the final blend in November 2012. Its bouquet, its first sip, lingering finish and seductive power to make you drink glass after glass is what Hemingway meant when he wrote, “Wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world that has been brought to the greatest perfection, and it offers a greater range for enjoyment and appreciation than, possibly, any other purely sensory thing.” And what a bargain price!

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