Viña Zaco 2008

Starting at $14.36
Available in 22 U.S. Stores
Winery: Bodegas Bilbainas
Region: DOCa Rioja
Type of Wine: Red wine
Aging & Type of Oak:
9 months in French and American oak
Annual Production(in bottles): 15,000
Awards & Recognition:
The Wine Spectator, 88 points.
U.S. Importer:
Aveniu Brands
(410) 884-9463

Tasting Note

With brightly fruited Tempranillo from Rioja, this has more than Rioja’s usual fruit character of red and black cherries and plums. In addition to the mint and herbs that usually derive from Rioja, as well as its dusty rock notes, there is a lush and vibrant fruit salad greatly comprised of red and black raspberries and fresh and dried strawberries. It's very easy to drink now, but there is a tannic core to this wine that wants a bit more time. Wait a year and then drink over the next five years or so.

Wine Description

Viña Zaco is the new-world expression of an old-world favorite with bright fruit flavors, notes of liquorice, and faint undertones of spice. The wine derives its distinctive personality and fresh varietal traits from the fruit-laden Tempranillo grape; Viña Zaco is the ultimate Rioja with a contemporary twist. The vinification of Zaco is based on a single principle: the quest for fruitiness and freshness. Cold pre-maceration, fermentation at lower than usual temperatures (24ºC), and about two weeks of maceration ensure the full extraction of all of the fruity qualities. There is no strict adherence to a specific aging period, and aging in barrels may vary from between 8 and 12 months.

About the Winery

Viña Zaco derives its name from one of the oldest vineyards affiliated with Bodegas Bilbaínas, which located in the Estacion de Haro district of Spain, the most prestigious enclave of Rioja Alta wineries. Bodegas Bilbaínas wines are recognized as wines of exceptional intensity and concentration. The Viña Zaco vineyard, located less than a mile away from the winery, is set in a unique and natural surrounding where the Atlantic and continental climates produce the perfect conditions for growing Tempranillo. This unique climate, combined with the lime- and clay-filled gravelly soils known as "cascajo," create Rioja's defining expression of Tempranillo.
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