Bodegas Casa Primicia Carravalseca Rioja 2016

Hi everyone, today let’s drink some Rioja, one of my favorite appellations when it comes to red wine!

The wine is produced by @bodegascasaprimicia, a winery located in the Rioja Alavesa, near the Spanish Basque country. The ‘first house’ of Casa Primicia is the oldest property in the medieval hamlet, dating from the 15th century. After renovations, the original tunnels that form a sort of subterranean twin town turn out to be perfect cellars for storing its own wines, an outstanding place to visit.

The Carravalseca wine is a superb Rioja from the beautiful organic vineyard of Carravalseca, the jewel in the crown of Bodegas Casa Primicia, which sits in the sights of the medieval town of Laguardia. This pioneer initiative has given its fruit in a very singular limited edition.

This Rioja is a blend of 97% Tempranillo and 3% Graciano, picked by hand from the ultra-healthy vines of the Carravalseca vineyard and go through a vigorous selection process at the winery. After fermentation the wine is aged in new French and American oak (50/50) in the cellars of the original Casa Primicia winery.

The 2016 is marked by a wonderful freshness with balances beautifully with the fruit intensity. It has an eleant nose with some ripe cherry, dried plum notes and black fruit with the spicy oak flavours and the palate is full-bodied and harmonious.

Don’t hesitate to let it breathe (it was even better a few hours after the opening). This wine will be a great match with a grilled veal entrecote or pasta with spicy sauce.

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