miércoles, 7 de abril de 2010

The New York Times chooses Rioja...again!

Not that we want to sound snobbish, but we have always known that few drinks can beat a good crianza from Rioja. The New York Times just found out, as you can read in this article.

2004, 2005 or 2007 -the latest crianza for sale now, after its compulsory ageing of one year in barrel and two in bottle- are our favorite years. The best value for money, and a safe choice if you do not want to risk it. Go crianza!

El New York Times publica un artículo sobre la calidad de los crianzas riojanos. Nuestros años favoritos son 2004, 2005 y 2007 -que se está vendiendo ahora, tras el año obligatorio en barrica y los dos años en botella. Y es que en Rioja siempre se ha sabido que con un buen crianza es difícil equivocarse.

Here's their list / Aquí está la lista:
Tasting Report: Rioja Crianzas, an Impressive Lot

R. López de Heredia 2003 $26 ★★★ (Three Stars)

Rioja Crianza Viña Cubillo. Earthy, light, graceful and complex with a lovely, silky texture. (Polaner Selections, Mount Kisco, N.Y.)

Fin de Siglo Ribaguda 2004 $18 ★★★ (Three Stars)

Rioja Crianza. Fresh, elegant and complex with flavors of ripe fruit, earth and minerals. (Winelite Imports, Englewood Cliffs, N.J.)

BEST VALUE Sierra Cantabria 2005 $14 ★★★ (Three Stars)

Rioja Crianza. Spicy and energetic with fine texture and lingering, complex flavors. (Tempranillo, New Rochelle, N.Y.)

Bodegas Sáenz de Santamaría 2004 $14 ★★ ½ (Two and a Half Stars)

Rioja Crianza Rondan. Graceful and pure with spicy flavors and a velvety texture. (P-S Wines, Portland, Ore.)

Marqués de Vitoria Rioja Crianza 2004 $19 ★★ ½ (Two and a Half Stars)

Fruit flavors with earthy, smoky, mineral accents. (Vinaio Imports, the Bronx)

Viña Izadi Rioja Crianza 2005 $13 ★★ (Two Stars)

Elegant and pure with soft fruit and herbal flavors. (Fine Wine Imports, Frederick, Md.)

Bodegas Riojanas 2006 $14

★★ (Two Stars) Rioja Crianza Monte Real

Dark and burly yet balanced; herbal notes add complexity. (Vintage Wines, Staten Island)

El Coto Rioja Crianza 2005 $12 ★★ (Two Stars)

Straightforward, with balanced flavors of fruit and oak. (Frederick Wildman & Sons, Manhattan)

Zuazo Gastón Rioja Crianza 2005 $10 ★★ (Two Stars)

Balanced and straightforward with spicy fruit flavors. (Polaner Selections, Mount Kisco, N.Y.)

Marqués de Cáceres Rioja Crianza 2005 $9 ★★ (Two Stars)

Dense, tannic and muscular, yet balanced. (Vineyard Brands, Birmingham, Ala.)

1 comentario:

Lucy dijo...

Hi, this is a bit random, but I'm from Birmingham, Alabama, the last town on the NY Times wine list. Coincidentally, I taught English in Sorzano at the school right across from Casa Josephine. I just wanted to say that I adore the house from what I've seen in the photos and next time I'm in Spain, I am determined to stay in your casa rural. It is absolutely beautiful!