Don Jacobo Rioja Rosado 2016, Bodegas Corral

Don Jacobo Rioja Rosado 2016, Bodegas Corral

A beautifully deep-coloured rosé made with Garnacha and Tempranillo. Meant to be drunk young it is vigorous and fruity.
Spain
Rioja
Rioja DOCa
Don Jacobo
Garnacha-Tempranillo
12%
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International Wine and Spirit Competition 2013

Bronze Medal (2012 Vintage)

International Wine and Spirit Competition 2012

Bronze (2011 Vintage)

Rioja region of Spain

Rioja has long held the crown as one of, if not the, most famous Spanish wine.
Sprawling for 120km along both sides of the bank of the Ebro river in northern Spain, the region’s name is actually derived from a combination of the words rio (river) and Oja, the name of a tributary off the Ebro.

Rioja is divided into three distinct sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa, and Rioja Baja.

Rioja Alta is has a large amount of clay in its vineyards and, much as the name suggests, the wines are at relatively higher altitudes. This has the largest vineyard plantings of the three.

The smallest area, Rioja Alavesa has terraced vineyards and feels less distinctly Spanish because of its very strong Basque influence, which can be seen not only in the language but in the local funding its wine industry has received, as the region boasts some state of the art technology and wineries.

The third region, Rioja Baja has soils that are also very compacted with clay and as the warmest of the three sub-regions, has wines that generally higher in alcohol.
Red Rioja is dominated by the grape variety Tempranillo, but blends seamlessly with Garnacha and Graciano, while Mazuelo (Carignan) is also coming back in favour, and as the internationalisation of the wine industries leaves no stone unturned, Cabernet Sauvignon can be found here too.

Rioja, as a wine style (as opposed to a region) is given various classifications, according to how long the wine has been aged; Crianza must be aged for a minimum of 2 years, one of which must be in oak; Reservas must be aged for at least 3 years, one of which must be in oak; and Gran Reservas, which are usually only produced in the best vintages, can only be released after ageing for 5 years, 3 of which must be in oak.

White Rioja is not uncommon either, an uncomplicated white wine that is largely made up from a combination of Viura (Macabeo), Garnacha Blanc and Malvasia Riojana and not does challenge the region’s red counterpart in terms of quality.

Garnacha-Tempranillo

Two red grapes that make some of the best wines to come out of Northern Spain. Most notably this mix is used for the red wines of Rioja and Navarra, although it can be found across Spain. Usually Tempranillo makes up the majority of the blend; the Garnacha adds ripe fruit flavours to the wine.

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Salads & Vegetables
This wine works well with the flavours of aubergine, lentils, chickpeas, beetroot and spinach and is delightful with a bowl of olives.
Fish & Seafood
Team this wine with a good fish soup or enjoy with scallops and prawns.
Pasta & Other Sauces
A light tomato or mushroom sauce works well here as does a light olive oil based accompaniment.
Meats
This wine is great with roast or cold turkey and an array of charcuterie and thinly sliced meats. If you want to splurge try some Bellota ham!
Herbs & Spices 
Pair mint, dill or parsley as your primary herbs with this wine.
Spicy Foods
Lighter Thai or lentil-based Moroccan dishes would suit this particular wine.
Cheeses
Enjoy this wine with a selection of Greek cheeses such as feta and halloumi or enjoy with creamed cheese.
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