Wonderful Reserva Rioja. Complex and delicate with notes of prunes, figs and raisins along with dark cherries, plums and vanilla, cocoa. On the palate there's an easy sweetness to the fruit that makes it effortless to drink delivering ripe and dried fruit plus hints of eucalyptus, mineralilty, and coconut from the 12 months oak ageing and a further 24 months in bottle. This is tasty as soon as the cork it pulled, but decant for an hour before serving to really open up its complexities.
Try this with a rack of lamb or slices of Iberico ham.
"This delicious Rioja Reserva was a big customer favourite at our inaugural focus group tasting. It is easy to see why with generous fruit and well-balanced oak giving complexity and a silky texture. I'd enjoy this simply with some grilled lamb chops."
Glorioso is a historic range from the Entrecanales family started in 1917. Today it sits alongside the Cosme Palacio wines as part of this small to medium sized estate in Rioja Alavesa.
The winery have been on a course of serious investment in sustainability: solar powered winery, capture and reuse of rainwater, minimal sprays (only when needed, and Rioja is not an easy place to avoid disease and rot etc), investing in their communities and their workforce.
The wines are showing seriously well against similarly priced Riojas, superbly crafted by Almudena Alberca MW, first female Spanish MW, director of winemaking.