In the cellar – Rioja Crianza
Rioja Crianza, Bodegas Atlanza, Spain, 2012
With the philosophy of producing quality wines at a reasonable price, Bodegas Altanza sprung to life in 1998 when a group of like-minded local businessmen decided the Rioja wine market needed a shot in the arm. The result was quite spectacular and these days the estate, controlled in chief by Oscar Martinez Hueda, produces a range of wines that cater for all tastes and budgets.
Adopting the approach that modern technology should be employed to make the produce of this world renowned winemaking region as accessible as possible, a state of the art winery was constructed in 1999, and since then the business has grown from strength to strength, succeeding in their promise to showcase the true quality of the most abundant local grape variety, Tempranillo.
The winery is a stunning example of modern architecture using traditional raw materials, local woods, stones and traditional bricks all forming part of the aesthetics, giving the entire building a homely, natural feel. And even though it appears as though those behind the Bodega have discovered a winning formula with regards to their production techniques, they are always thinking ahead, recently taking the decision to convert to the exclusive use of French oak barrels in the ageing process. It is hoped that this move will further enhance the quality of the grapes, as the more elegant oak will transfer an abundance of smooth aromas to the wine without covering all the fruity aromas of the Tempranillo itself.
The Rioja Crianza is a smooth and full bodied Tempranillo bursting with fruity flavours and soft cinnamon spices. It is the perfect partner to this month?s On The Menu dish, matching both the delicacy of the pigeon and the power and richness of the black pudding.
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