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A Burgundian Rioja Reserva for Less Than $70? Yes!
May 10, 2019
A Note from Sergio

My time in Europe helps my clients build wine collections that are balanced in variety and drinkability, and in service of these goals, I'm constantly drawn to Spain. Hundreds of indigenous grape varieties being turned into wines of great history and typicity by so many impassioned and thoughtful producers make Spain a wine-lover's heaven. Whenever I return to Spain, I fall in love, and when I look at Spanish winemaking, I'm often reminded of where Italian wine was a decade or so ago--so much has yet to hit the wine world's radar, and you can find intensely good bottles from producers both famous and obscure.

It's a thrilling time to discover Spanish winemaking and Spanish winemakers. If you are an enthusiast of fine Barolo, Brunello or Burgundy wines, the chances are high you'll appreciate a well-made, traditional Rioja. Like a great Barolo, a great Rioja has serious finesse. Like a well-made Brunello, a well-made Rioja has remarkable longevity. And like terroir-driven Burgundy, terroir-driven Rioja has that indescribable silky texture. Today, I'm proud to feature a terrific Rioja from standard bearer CVNE, the estate's show-stopping 2007 Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva. This wine is everything you want from a Rioja. It's like a flamenco dancer, unfurling one long taut line that nearly scintillates with energy. And as great as this wine is right now, it's going to be even more delicious in ten or twenty years. Most of all, this Imperial Rioja Gran Reserva is a fantastic bargain at less than $70.

Enjoy!

Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: Majestic CVNE 2007 Rioja Gran Reserva
2. Wine Events: Upcoming May Wine Tasting Events

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Sergio Esposito
Owner/Founder