The Sure Thing

The Sure Thing

Posted on Dec, 12. 2011 by

Categories: Wine

My “Best of the Year” sure thing pick for a please every palate wine is the 2009 Bodegas Exeo, Cifras, Rioja. ‘Garnacha’. I have selected this wine because I think it stands for everything I am personally looking for in a gift wine this year. It is in the middle price point, so a little something nicer. It delivers well above its expectation and it has an immediacy that any wine lover, New World or Old World palate is going to crave.

This Rioja is 100% Garnacha. That’s Grenache for the French minded. This is a very unusual thing to do with a Rioja. The handling is perfect and there is a real focus on nuance and complexity in the wine,

The wine is juicy on the palate with a little touch of vanilla from the oak. Great freshness thanks to the good acidity that makes the wine long and precise. Cifras is well structured without sacrificing the quality of the tannins. This is a different way of understanding Garnacha in Rioja where it is usually blended with Tempranillo.

Only 10% of the juice sees any oak. The real focus here is on the purity of fruit. This gives the wine a quality that is instantly harmonious with those who enjoy top California red wines. I believe it is wholly intentional for the winemaker to draw us in with this initial burst of pure deliciousness. But once you get over the fact that this wine is just damn yummy you can not help but notice that there is a lot going on in the bright acidity and unmistakable mineral notes. A true New World expression of terroir in a package of ultimate delivery.

You may recall That Kevin Sidders has offered out the white wine from this estate in the last two vintages . That is because the white has consistently offered an exceptional level of quality for its relative price point. Whereas we have always loved the red, the leap of quality in this vintage makes it a complete do not pass up wine itself.

This is a wine for any occasion, great with all kinds of food but really just dang enjoyable to drink. For me it is also the perfect price point for a truly heart felt gift wine for this time of year. Ambassador wine, your key to graciousness in when entering any door. I highly recommend this one to all palate types.

2009 Bodegas Exeo, Cifras, Rioja. ‘Garnacha’
Member Price: [private_member] Grand Cru: $19.80 • Premier Cru: $20.70 [/private_member]
Retail Price: $27.00
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