Rioja Bordon Reserva 2007
24 months in American White Oak
87 p. WS; 86 p. TWA; IWSC 2012: Silver (Outstanding). SMV Canada 2012: Silver. IWC 2012: Bronze. DWWA 2012: Commended
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The tangy fruit of a moderate climate (Rioja is not hot no matter what some think) and the sawdust and vanillin notes of American oak offer a manifest version of classic Rioja. The middle and finish are of dried roses, cranberries, red currants, spice, more sawdust and raw coconut. Drink now or over the next several years.
The wine is composed of Tempranillo (80%), Garnacha (15%) and Mazuelo (5%) grapes. Destemming and soft crushing of the grapes preceded tumultous fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 9 days at 25º C. The wine was then macerated in contact with the grape skins for 5 days before undergoing malolactic fermentation in 225 liter oak barriques and maturation in American barriques of medium and intense toast for 24 months with racking for natural clarification every 6 months. Once bottled, it is further aged in our cellars for 2 years in the bottle before its release to market.
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.