Well, it's a rainy afternoon, and surprisingly I still didn't get much done today! Very frustrating, and what cures frustrating rainy afternoons better than a glass of wine? Today I am enjoying a nice bottle of 2009 Vina Bujanda Rioja Crianza that I sampled earlier today at my local wine merchant, G.B. Russo's.
The wine is a classic rioja red in the glass, beautiful ruby color with great clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe fruit, cherries, blackberries and cassis over a subtle background of cedar. The taste is classic rioja, with a burst of red fruit at the outset, followed by some lovely floral notes. Midpalate presents some nice minerality and wonderful dried herbs over a wonderful earthiness. The finish is quite nice, as the tannins are well structured with mild acidity that combines for a wonderful, mid-length and very dry finish.
Overall I would rate this wine a solid 8, as it's a solid example of rioja, but it was also a nice value at $14. Tonight I am enjoying this wine before dinner with a simple cheese course of Romano Locatelli sheep's milk cheese from Italy, which has a salty and nutty flavor that really accentuates the red fruit and minerality of the wine. Cheers!