kids, and you don't want to miss it. (See Mr. Parker's rave review below.) It will age for a few more years too, so get some for now and
later! This Viñas Viejas has a beautiful medium body which will work with everything from pork, to game, lamb and beef. Spicy food too. We just had an Italian style pork shoulder. It was braised in milk with fresh rosemary and sage, lemon zest and a head of garlic. Hours later, when it was ready, we topped it with a fried herb salsa that's the stuff you dream about. This Hazaña would be a perfect pairing. ¿Qué estás esperando
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
: "A spectacular wine
assembled by Eric Solomon, Rafael De Haan and Miguel Angel Rodriguez, the 2012 Hazaña Viñas Viejas is made from 45- to 70-year-old bush vines (85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano). Aged 12 months in French and American oak, it is difficult to believe a wine such as this could be available for under $35-40 a bottle, but here it is
. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by aromas of lead pencil shavings, black currants, spice box, cedar and a touch of vanilla. Deep, medium to full-bodied and elegant yet suave, savory and expansive, this beautiful red is a perfect synthesis of the traditional and more progressive style of Rioja
. Drink it now or cellar it for another 4-5 years. " ~ Robert Parker, Jr., June 2014
Eric Solomon Lowdown:
He's one of the most recognized importers of Spanish wines. He was featured in the NYT recently in an article by Lettie Teague, who sang his praises. He's not just the
Hazaña importer; it's a custom cuvée which he helped design.
: "Black cherry jam, lead pencil shavings, licorice and tobacco leaf. Medium-bodied and elegant with sweet tannin."
"Hazaña is a recently introduced custom cuvée made in partnership between Eric Solomon and Rafael de Haan. British born and educated, Rafael joined the UK wine trade in 2000 and early on realized that he rather have a career closer to the vine. In 2001 he moved to Barcelona, brokered some wine and opened a tapas bar before setting up his first property, Bodegas Abanico in Rioja with his partner Nuria Altes.
Named for the ancient, poetic tales of heroism, Hazaña is made at Viñicola Real in the classical style of Rioja. The fruit comes from the vicinity of Logroño at 500 meters above sea level and on red clay and chalky limestone soils. A blend of Tempranillo with up to 15% Graciano, it is aged in French and American oak before release."
||85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano
||12 months in American and French oak
|Residual sugar g/l:
It really does not get much better than this Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja winelovers! It's earthy with a bit of spice and dark jam, and it sports some sweet, gentle tannins. It's a