2009 VAZA Cosecha
Originating from the word “Baza” which in Spanish means “trump card” or “new beginning” Vaza represents a fusion of Spain’s winemaking vanguard and the country’s rich wine history. The wines are produced at Solar Viejo, a winery situated on the shoulder of the medieval village of Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa.
Cosecha is bright and fruit-driven with aromas of strawberry cream and ripe, red plums open up to a palate that is velvet soft, with well integrated soft tannins and balanced acidity. On the palate, flavors of ripe cherries and summer raspberries finish with a touch of dark licorice, a notable characteristic we appreciate in all our wines.
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Ideal for a versatile table, accompanying appetizers and entrees alike, these bright wines are delicious with seared tuna or salmon, pasta dishes, grilled sausages, chicken and pork as well as many of the exuberant flavors found in ethnic cuisine. Further affinities include roasted tomatoes, grilled vegetables and dried cherries.
Stretching 75 miles along the Ebro River in northern Spain, Rioja is divided into three growing regions. The higher altitude regions to the north, Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa, have moderate weather and a fair amount of moisture, while Rioja Baja to the east experiences hot, dry weather. Most of the wines comprise a blend of the zones, and exhibit both fully ripe fruit alongside elegance and balance.
At once fruit-driven and approachable, the wines of Vaza convey a deep sense of their origin. Meticulous attention to detail in the vineyards has resulted in smaller yields and ideal flavor potential of the grapes. With a close eye on harvest, the grapes attain true physical maturity and the resultant wines have bright and complex spice and earth elements typical of Rioja. Modern winemaking techniques, such as hand sorting of grapes and temperature controlled fermentations, preserve intrinsic terroir, bringing the wine’s true essence to the forefront.
Aging: Unoaked young wine