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Today's Wine Tasting Note

© Copyright 1997 by Robin Garr. All rights reserved.

Two Spanish Wines

Rioja scene

Scene of Rioja vineyards from Guia Internet de los Vinos de España, also available in English.

Remelluri 1994 Rioja ($11.99)
Very dark garnet in color. Delicious black fruit and spicy oak aromas, a bit closed at first, opens up with time in the glass. Full, brooding flavor, black fruit over a sturdy acidic structure and marked tannins. Really an excellent wine, showing great balance and finesse despite its obvious youth. Importer: Cutting Edge Selections Inc., Cincinnati. (Nov. 1, 1997)

CONVERGING STYLES? This wine raises a controversial issue that bears closer examination: It's more like a "world red" in style than a traditional Rioja (and perhaps not coincidentally, it gained a high rating from Robert M. Parker, who likes wines like this). I like it too, but I feel a little pain at the idea that the classic wine styles of Spain -- and Italy, France, Australia, the U.S., etc. -- might be influenced by critics and the marketplace to converge toward uniformity.

Burgans 1996 Rias Baixas Albariño ($9.99)
Clear light brass color. Pleasant aromatics, honey, almonds and wildflowers. Clean and bright flavor, citric and tart; toasted almonds become more evident as it warms in the glass. Flavors consistent in a fairly long finish. Made from Albariño grapes in Galicia, on the Atlantic seacoast on Spain's northwestern shoulder. Importer: Cutting Edge Selections, Inc., Cincinnati.

All my wine-tasting reports are consumer-oriented. In order to maintain objectivity and avoid conflicts of interest, I purchase all the wines I rate at my own expense in retail stores.

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