In Spain, Rioja is synonymous with wine. The denomination of origin spreads along some 54,000 hectares around three different Communities (La Rioja, Basque Country and Navarre). The wines of Rioja are the most famous of Spain and its long tradition supports their fame.
Rioja wines are a blend of several grape varieties. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo clearly takes centre stage, followed by Garnacha (Grenache) which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes decent roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines.
Bodegas Forcada is located in the village of Rincon de Olivedo in the southeast of La Rioja. The vineyard is situated amid an agricultural Biosphere Reserve. This area has excellent soil and climate conditions that contribute to the ripening of the grapes. Bodegas Forcada owns 65 hectares of its own vineyards and an additional 70 hectares through familial association. The fourth generation is now at the helm of the Bodegas where traditional methods are combined with modern techniques to obtain better quality. All vineyards are located at 700 metres above sea level.
On offer this week is the 2012 Bodegas Forcada Flor de Baco Crianza. I must admit that I was completely shocked when I tasted this wine. All of the components of the wine are in balance and harmony…this explains why the wine has been decorated at a number of international wine competitions. Do NOT miss this one! This wine represents remarkable value!
The 2012 Bodegas Forcada Flor de Baco Crianza is available for immediate delivery. To order, simply e-mail.