2011 Orben Rioja
What a wine this is, Wow. The nose really starts things off. Wait until you get a load of this nose. The aromas jump out of the glass in a very unique combination of Wrigley mint gum and an herbal garden. I don’t think I’ve ever smelled a wine quite like this before, and I like it.
Before the nose, you’ll likely notice the dark, blood red pour. This is a big, full bodied Rioja that packs a major punch, but it’s executed in an elegant, beautiful package that is a nice mix of modern and old world. Red fruit, plum flavors with earth undertones, some sawdust/wood on the finish which sticks around for forever.
I love this one for $21 at Costco. It’s a perfect wine as the weather gets cooler, a good food wine for red meat focused or other hearty cuisine, and another example of the amazing value you can find from Spain at almost every price point.
CostcoWineBlog.com Rating: 91 Points
Costco item number: 1080089
Purchased at Costco in: Atlanta, GA