Back in the pre-pre Amazon dayzz, #wholefoods had a diverse & decent wine dept—you could find treasures from Georgia & Slovenia among the mass-market tempranillo & rosé...I visited recently to load up on dried pasta for the Armageddon and snagged a few of these 12$ (a steal) Macedonian quaffers. 2015 vintage pop n pour, initially a bit plummy but dries out nicely after a few hours. Good tannins and way more complex than expected. Hunker down with these cellar defenders... x — 3 months ago
Another Rioja, this one picked up from Whole Foods and drank last week. This one is 100% Tempranillo and comes from the Alta region of the La Rioja DOC. The Alta region is on the western edge of the DOC with a higher elevation then the other sub-regions of La Rioja. This yields shorter growing seasons, which typically produces big bright flavors.~30$ | #rioja #tempranillo #wholefoods
On the eyes: Deep inky purple with a nice brightness. Light stain and medium tears. No gas/floc.
On the nose: An oaky spiciness that overpowers thin black fruit aromas is rounded out with a nice barnyard mustiness. Medium alcohol.
On the tongue: Medium + acid, medium alcohol, medium + tannins. Thin jammy overripe plum fades into smokey barnyard notes, grass, hay, and earth. Nice complexity with a medium finish. Drink for the next 3 years.
— 5 years ago