2013Luberri2013 Luberri-Familia Monje Amestoy, Orlegi, Rioja Joven, Spain.
Florentino Monje’s Luberri Orlegi is a vibrant and fresh style red, it is more like a Cotes du Rhone than a classic Rioja, with no wood and bright spicy fruit that is wonderfully flavorful and pleasing. This hard to beat value is a red made from mostly Tempranillo but surely has some Garnacha and maybe some Graciano in the mix, but is so vibrant and joyous you needed bother with the techniques or make up, it is just a fun and easy to love wine that would be perfect for parties, picnics or Tuesday pizza night. The 2013 Orlegi Joven is filled with crushed berry, grapey plum and fresh picked cherry along with cracked pepper, chalky stones and hints of red peach and strawberry, it is controlled by soft tannins and tangy acidity. There is lots to love here, in fact it should be bottled in a bigger bottle it is good and easy, you’ll want more, I’d suggest serving slightly chilled and in pitchers at the table with friends, it is a happy wine that will bring laughter, smiles and dancing. This simple red from Spain’s famous Rioja region is a great drink now choice and is perfect for summer, and would be great as a base for top drawer Sangria, Ole Ole!
($13 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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