Catherine Bugue

Catherine Bugue

La Rioja Alta 2010 Gran Reserva 904 Rioja, Spain

A winery with roots from 1890 in the quaint town of Haro, La Rioja Alta is a name that garners great respect in the wine world. The juxtaposition of heritage (century-old wine barrels, coopers’ tools, etc.) and modernism (an ultra-chic tasting room) is on display as you tour the winery, only adding to La Rioja Alta’s intrigue.

Visiting is a must for all Rioja fans, and following up the visit with a bit of tapas hopping in Logrono will make your trip even more of a cultural mecca. But no visit would be complete without tasting the Gran Reserva 904. The 2010’s aromatic red and black fruits are layered with a complex mix of leather, mushroom and a hint of floral lift. One of Spain’s best.

Catherine Bugue is the Star’s tasting panel writer. Her weekly pursuit of a good glass of wine provides a nice supply of choices for the Wine of the Week column. If you’d like to submit a Napa Valley wine for this column, please send it to the Napa Valley Wine Academy, 2501 Oak St., Napa, CA 94559. There’s no guarantee your wine will be chosen to be featured, but all wines will be evaluated and considered.

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