Bodegas Garcia de Olano, Rioja Media-Crianza Tempranillo, La Rioja, Spain 2020
BRIGHT DAMSON & RASPBERRY, TOAST & CHRISTMAS CAKE
Occupying a delightful Twilight Zone of sorts (no need to cue eerie music – unless you’re just into that) between increasingly admired joven-style reds (young, fresh, unadorned with the trappings of time in oak) and the traditionally revered, oak-fueled flagship wines that Rioja is famous for, this beautifully balanced gem sees six months in barrel, lending gentle toast and enticing suggestions of cinnamon while violet fruit and a snap of blood orange or pomegranate pervade.
Serving suggestion: Crispy, cured chorizo lettuce cups w/ cumin crema & pickled onions. Patatas bravas w/ roasted tomato aioli.