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WINE FOR THE CEL­LAR

- Food · Alcoholic Drinks · Wine · Spain · Rioja

Pala­cio del Burgo Reserva 2010, Rioja Alavesa, Rioja, Spain $29.99 | 89/100

UPC: 8437002513­665

From a 1950s co-op­er­a­tive to an es­tate in 1987, Pala­cio del Burgo farms some 200 hectares, 90 per cent of which are red grapes in the Baja. In 2010 the blend is 85/10/5 Tem­pranillo, Gar­nacha, Mazuelo (or Carig­nan). Older vines, more than 30 years, give the wine a silky sheen and fine tex­ture. This is mod­ern Rioja, with clean berries dom­i­nat­ing on the nose, lots of red fruit and very fresh acid­ity. Juicy min­eral notes are a pleas­ant sur­prise for the price and the ori­gin. Lamb chops any­one? Cel­lar two more years and serve as a 10-year-old.

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