Rioja Bordon Crianza 2008
12 months in American white oak (Ohio)
89 points + Best Value in Wine Spectator (USA). IWSC 2012 (UK): Bronze. DWWA 2012 (UK): Bronze. IWC 2012 (UK): Bronze.
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A relatively bold style of Rioja with some chocolate and black cherry juice in its nose; while the mouth is more tart, with cranberries and red plums. The finish has spice and bing cherries. Drink soon or over the next five years.
After destemming and light crushing, the Tempranillo and Garnacha grapes, sourced in the Rioja Alta subregion, underwent tumultuous fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 9 days at 25ºC. Following fermentation, the wine was macerated in contact with the skins for 48 hours before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 225 liter American oak barriques and then aging for 12 months in American barriques of medium toast, with racking every 6 months for natural clarification.
About the Winery
Founded in 1890 in Logroño by Bordeaux négociant Frederick Anglade, Bodegas Franco-Españolas (French-Spanish Wineries in English) is one of the most prestigious wineries in Spain and in its flagship region, Rioja. The winery's philosophy - to age all of its wines longer than legally required, both in barrel and in bottles - sets itself apart from other Spanish and Rioja wineries. Bodegas Franco-Españolas farms more than 200 acres of vineyards and also collaborates with farmers with whom they have had long-term relationships, and all of its wine is matured in American white oak. The winery produces wines using the modern, cutting-edge technology and follows the toughest quality control systems in Europe.