This month’s offer price is £24.10 a bottle (plus VAT)
This wine comes from a long established family Bodega which lies in the best part of Rioja, on the limestone ridges of the Alavesa region in the Rioja Alta near Haro. Bodegas de la Marques has produced top quality wines for 5 generations. The production is based on the same principal as a good French Chateau, which is to use fruit only from their own vineyards and set rigorous standards in the cellars. Following fermentation in stainless steel, the Crianza is aged for 18 months in American and French oak casks.
Valserrano Crianza 2012 Rioja has been described as a well structured red with ripe black fruit flavours. A red wine that is beautifully soft, with gentle, aromas of plums, red berry fruits, strawberry and a very attractive juiciness, overlaid by some creamy oak and spices with a rich smooth finish.
We would pair this with the following dish from our winter menu: breast and thigh of brined East Anglian partridge, Lincolnshire root vegetable gratin, buttered smoky bacon and almond Brussel sprouts, thyme jus. It is important with partridge not to overwhelm the relatively delicate flavour and hence this is a beautiful match. Think of partridge as a richer, more gamey version of chicken. So this soft rounded Rioja is an obvious choice, alternatives include merlot-based Bordeaux like the simpler Saint-Emilions or southern French blends, it really is all down to taste and preference.
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