2020 Quirus Tempranillo, Rioja Alta, Spain (750ml)
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This is a "joven" style Rioja, meaning it has not been aged in wood at all and is vinified in a style for early drinking. It is a fine value in a daily red, and delicious with a slight chill as well. Buy it by the case!
Now in its 6th generation, Bodegas Quiroga de Pablo has been growing grapes and producing wine in their estate bodega since 1850. The original bodega was built 25 to 35 feet underground that is still being used. Harvesting is done by hand with up to three passes through the vineyard to select grapes based on their peak ripeness. Hence the harvesting operation that may begin in August may be completed in the end of October. After fermentation, the wines are aged in different types (different oak, toast, age, etc.) of oak casks. The coupage is done from different casks of the same vintage in the underground cellar and matured in underground concrete tanks in an ideal environment that is isolated from the other parts of the bodega.