Back home after a quick trip to Rioja

img_6109 I’ve just got back from a long weekend in La Rioja that I’d tacked on to the end of a work trip. Not a lot of formal tasting, I did catch up with Scott Wasley from the Spanish Acquisition, plus the crew he’s taking around Spain, for a big session at Roda and visited a few of my favorite small producers.

But the main purpose was to catch up with some friends, eat some home cooking, drink, talk crap and generally enjoy the place. Sunday lunch at Etxebarri was a knockout as always. Followed by a extended afternoon refreshment (about 3 litre of white wine is refreshing apparently) makes for an almost perfect sunday. Oh and shopping for Spanish food products that we either can’t get here or we pay way over the odds for. I’m sure the nice lady at Australian customs thought I was mad having a suitcase full of anchovies, tuna, peppers, olive oil and honey! More to come…

Santiago Ruiz Ablariño 2009

img_6085It’s been a while since I’ve seen this wine around, which is a shame as it’s a very good rendition of Albariño. Plus I’m a sucker for a kitsch label. It is also quite a bit cheaper now. Given the heat wave we’re having in Melbourne at the moment, this was perfect with a bacon, leek and zucchini frittata. The importer is The Wine Company.

The overwhelming flavour here is ripe, but still a bit crunchy pear, which is just how I like my Albariño. In the leaner, acid driven style, yet has the texture and mid palate flavour that just makes it so easy to finish the bottle. Classic aromatics of white peach, pear, jasmine and kaffir lime leaf. Not the most complex of wines,  it’s refreshing, tasty and moreish, what more could you ask from a $30 import?   91 Pts.

Source: Rathdowne Cellars Price: Around $33 Closure: Conventional Cork

Web: www.bodegasantiagoruiz.com

Other Vintages: 2004