Here’s an exclusive taste of modern Spain from Parker-rated winemaker Fernando Domingo. “I always try to respect the fruit,” he said at a recent tasting. And that philosophy shows through deliciously in his 2009 – rated an officially “very good” vintage by Rioja’s governing body.
Fernando’s a choosy fellow, and the resulting quality really shows in his Crianza. Perfectly ripened Tempranillo grapes? Check. Premium American oak barrels? Check. A long, 12-month slumber (deep underneath the oldest building in Laguardia)? Check, check.
This is everything fans of Rioja love. Loads of ripe, bright fruit highlighted by subtle vanilla-toast notes – this is a wine that loves to be paired with roasted lamb, beef stews or a plate of firm cheeses, cured meats and Marcona almonds. Or, enjoy its fruit-driven character solo – what a great way to unwind at the end of a long day.