When I started my wine journey, most of the wines that I started indulging in were from la Rioja, I was obsessed (and still am) with the quality and wide range of wines that this region has to offer. You can find amazing wines in Rioja without breaking the bank. Wine Spectator described Rioja as a region that “offers a wide range of complex wines and great values”.
Today's wine matches the quality of a premium Rioja Reserva but at a thrifty and nominal price. The 2015 Marques De Teran Reserva from Rioja is available exclusively at BHW at 40% off.
Let’s dive into the facts behind this wine that make it such a steal:
First, the birthplace. This wine comes from Ollauri in the Rioja Alta, and it is crafted by–a winery with more than 130+ years of winemaking experience–Marques de Teran. The winery is a sustainable winemaking innovator in Spain and European. They were the first winery in Europe to use geothermal energy as an energy source (allowing for more conscious and sustainable viticulture). If that achievement wasn’t enough, the estate was named one of the 7 wonders of wine architecture by Guía Peñin, Spain's most famous and comprehensive wine guide.
Second, the vintage. 2015 was an outstanding year for Rioja Alta. Vinous Media gave it a 94-point review (one of the highest marks of the last century!), stating that the year resulted in “rich, emphatically fruity wines, many of which will provide pleasure on the young side, while the best versions have the depth to age.”
Last and most importantly, the wine. It's exquisite; your nose will fill with aromas of ripe fruit, subtle notes of tobacco, and sweet spices. The intense and structured palate is glorious; with elegant and ripe tannins, crescendoed by a long finish.
Want to know the best part? It is ready to drink today! Marques de Teran is devoted to capturing the entire essence of the fruit, so this wine was bottled unfiltered. Like all amazing artisanal-crafted wines, you can expect some sediment and an adventure of flavor!