Alavesa, Rioja, Spain - Tempranillo 90 %, Graciano 10%
In 1987, the husband and wife team Eduardo Gomez Palma and Maribel Bernardo were captivated by this rugged terrain and the old vines of Rioja Alavesa, sheltered from the extreme cold by the Sierra Cantabria and gazing southwards with the sun as a true ally. A unique and privileged place in which to create Bodegas Zugober. Eduardo comes from a long line of winemakers from Jerez reaching as far back as 1898, while Maribel’s grandparents’ vines inspired her viticulture studies in Bordeaux. Their son Manuel is now following in his parent’s footsteps to take over the business. The name Zugober is an acronym and each letter corresponds to the surname of each of the family members that have, in one way or another helped to shape the bodega.
Hand harvesting of the grape bunches from vines with a minimum age of 45 years old. Fermentation In stainless steel vats where malolatic fermentation starts to occur. Then 16 months ageing in French oak casks give this wine aromatic complexity. We recommend decanting and airing this wine so as to be able to fully appreciate all of its extraordinary quality.
Tasting Notes: Initially balsamic with dry rose petal florals, spicy, fresh red fruit. It is expressive, complex, warm and with hints of minerality.
Pairing Suggestions: Perfect for all things red meat. Would be great with meats with peppers. Gamey stews, roast beef. This will stand up to a variety of aromatic stews or heavily spiced dishes. Roasted venison or roast lamb shank, cajun spiced chicken, Red sauce pasta, and strong cheeses like blue.