Grapelive Wine of the Day
By Kerry Winslow
2008 SalBide Rioja, Spanish Red.
European Cellars is renown for finding great wines from southern France and Spain, and for those that like Rioja, this wine is a must have. The 2008 SalBide Rioja is 100% Tempranillo and is aged in French oak barriques, making for a stylish and classy wine with nice richness and depth of flavors. Considering the quality of fruit and cost of the barrels this wine seems like a great deal, and to be honest it would be successful at twice the price, so I recommend you search it out and give it a try. The nose is smoky with char and cedar notes with floral touches that lead to a silky palate of black plum, cherry and bramble berry with hints of blueberry, mineral and baking spices. This wine picks up depth and weight with air, making a creamy and long lasting finish. Best with food, but really is enjoyable to sip and have with a selection of Spanish cheeses.
($16 Est.) 92 Points, grapelive