Luis Alegre Koden Tempranillo 2014

Rioja - Spain

Luis Alegre Koden Tempranillo 2014

$23.00

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Grape TypeTempranillo
Vintage Year2014
Wine MakerLuis Alegre
BodyFull
SweetnessBone Dry
TanninHigh Tannin
AcidityHigh
Tempranillo is a grape packed with earthy flavours, plenty of rich cherry fruit, and it produces wines which are fascinating and complex while being medium bodied and easily drinkable
Tempranillo is one of the great Spanish grape varietals, and it is used in some of the finest aged wines on earth. The flavour hits you get off a good Tempranillo wine - bright cherry and dark leather - make it suitable for a wide range of different foods, including difficult to pair ingredients like spicey dishes, and strong tomato sauces. It’s my go-to wine when I’m eating lasagne, and I also think it goes fantastically well with more or less any lamb dish. Like many fine Old World wines, the most ideal pairings are those which bring together a sense of place, so seek out some rustic Spanish dishes for an ideal marriage of flavours.
FoodItalian, Antipasto
TastesEarthy
SeasonsSpring
MoodsBored

This wine's story

There are few Spanish regions which can compare to the majesty of Rioja. Within Rioja, the sub-region of Alavesa is where the movers and shakers of 21st century Spanish wine are doing their thing. It is here we find the winery Bodega Luis Alegre - a white, circular, sci-fi prop of a building set in the rolling hillsides, home to some of this part of Spain’s most exciting produce. Bodega Luis Alegre was founded in 1968 by Don Luis, and for twenty five years it steadily made red wines which were typical of the region - deep, spicy, earthy and perfect for ageing.

The 1990s saw Don Luis joined by a new generation of wine enthusiasts, who wanted to set up Bodega Luis Alegre for the new millennium. This meant investing in an arsenal of state-of-the-art equipment, focusing on sustainable farming techniques, and constructing that awesome-yet-bizarre circular winery building. The winery is designed to work with gravity - the fruits and juices are moved by gravitational forces, minimising the amount of handling and adding to the overall quality of the wine. Today, Bodega Luis Alegre covers fifty four hectares of prime Rioja vineyards, mainly growing Tempranillo, and it continues to grow and change with the times, putting quality and innovation first.

Food Pairing

Tempranillo is one of the great Spanish grape varietals, and it is used in some of the finest aged wines on earth. The flavour hits you get off a good Tempranillo wine - bright cherry and dark leather - make it suitable for a wide range of different foods, including difficult to pair ingredients like spicey dishes, and strong tomato sauces. It’s my go-to wine when I’m eating lasagne, and I also think it goes fantastically well with more or less any lamb dish. Like many fine Old World wines, the most ideal pairings are those which bring together a sense of place, so seek out some rustic Spanish dishes for an ideal marriage of flavours.

Sommelier Notes

Koden is an Aztec word meaning “the time in a woman’s life when she’s at her most splendid”. I’m not really sure what this alluding to, but the wine itself is certainly in its ideal drinking window!
This is excellent value, modern-style Rioja with nicely concentrated, supple red-berry fruit, and a velvety, luscious palate. The couple of years age it has under its belt bring a sweet spice and a silkiness derived from well-integrated and balanced oak.
Rioja can often be overblown or too oaky, but this manages to be rich and dense but elegant and softly textured – bravo.