Carlos Serres Rioja Reserva 2012

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Tasting Notes

Here’s an old world-style Rioja that you can enjoy in its prime. This wine still has fresh black cherry and plum fruit and its density is very pleasing. Yet, it’s equally balanced by savory flavors such as cedar, tobacco, dusty baking spices, and balsamic. Tannins are rounded and ripe with juicy acidity making it an excellent food partner.

Carlos Serres  (Charles) was a French wine consultant who moved from Bordeaux when the vines there were devastated by phylloxera and started an export merchant business in Rioja in 1896. He was on the forefront when Rioja was shaped as an official wine region and believed the terroir could make elegant, high quality wines to rival those of Bordeaux.

The winery, a blend of modernity and tradition, is located in Haro. Unlike many Rioja wineries, it uses only estate grapes in its wines. The grapes are hand-picked in late October from vines averaging 30 years old. After destemming and gentle pressing, they macerate on their skins before fermentation in concrete vats. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels for 24 months and then in bottle for a minimum of 12 months.


Food Pairing Suggestions

Charcuterie, Duck, Lamb, Mexican, Mushrooms, Red Meat, Roasted Root Vegetables, Wild Game

Spain , Rioja
Grape Varietal:
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
$25.50 each