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Batalla Rioja 2010

Batalla Rioja 2010

Sku: 068297

Every June in the Rioja town of Haro, on the feast day of San Pedro, the Batalla del Vino is held. The event is a mix of religious ceremony and high spirited hedonism. It begins early in the morning with a procession to the nearby hills where at a small hillside chapel a religeous service is held. Afterwards, let battle commence – everyone, from child to grandparent, using everything from goatskin to agricultural crop sprayer, from super-soaker waterpistol to buckets, soaks everyone else with wine – the once white-clad citizens of the procession transformed to purple hues. An unforgettable experience. Batalla Rioja rejoices in the spirit of this annual fiesta.

Tasting notes
Youthful, bright garnet color. Showing ripe blackberry and wild strawberry on the nose, the most subtle vanilla notes from a brief passage in French and American oak. This clean, bright fruit is confirmed on the palate, soft and ripe but with sharp, lactic, almost yogurt-like character to the fruit adding texture, acidity and balance.

2010: 85 Points - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate: "The 2010 Batalla Tempranillo is blended with 5% Garnacha and sees two months in American and French oak. It has a simple, slightly muffled plum and soy scented bouquet, while the palate is juicy and lively, albeit a little coarse and sharp towards the finish. Drink now."

Food pairing
A lovely, delicate wine that you’ll enjoy with Spanish tapas and especially, given the bright clean acidity, with grilled lamb chops.

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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Type: Still wine

Reg. $11.99

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