Here’s another ’09 Rioja Reserva that slightly more expensive than the recently reviewed Montecillo, but this wine brings a bit more complexity and dimension that I think is worth the extra $8. Either way, these Riojas are incredible buys at the warehouse right now, delivering tons of flavor and fine tuned, elegant delivery at bargain prices. If you see any more Riojas at your store that you enjoy, please let us know in the comments below. I’m convinced Spanish wine is where it’s at right now.
This Rioja is a dark purple on the pour with spicy balsamic aromas. It’s full bodied with red and dark fruit, blackberry, cherry, mocha, chocolate with some tobacco and oak on the finish. Wraps up pretty dry and lasting. As the wine saw a little more time in the glass the flavors became even more pronounced. I’d give this wine a decant upon opening.
At $18.99, this is another good Spanish wine value if you see it. If you haven’t dabbled with Riojas, this wine would be a really good safe starting point too. Pair with any of your standard full bodied red wine friendly dishes.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 92 Points
Costco item number: 414259
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA