Rich, bold and fruity - not what you'd normally look for in a 100 percent Tempranillo from Rioja. But that's exactly what Zaco 2011 from Bodegas Bilbainas delivers. The wine has more intensity than most Rioja, making it a good choice for those who enjoy red wines on the bolder side. Rioja is Spain's most famous wine region, and its red wines often have earthy flavors from American oak barrels and extended aging regimes. They are satisfying and flavorful, but on the spectrum of fruit intensity, far lighter in flavor profile than, say, your average California red. Zaco presents a different side of this region - a fresher wine with tart blackberries and black cherries. This new vintage shows the delicious Tempranillo grape in a whole new light.
Bilbainas also produces traditional style Rioja wines, such as the Vina Pomal Reserva 2009, from a good vintage year noted for consistent ripening. This wine provides a good view of more traditional Rioja style - it was aged in new American oak barrels for 18 months, which adds to the complexity as the wine ages.
Manhattanites can grab these wines at Manor House Cellar at 61 West 23rd Street.