Tasting notes: Laderas de Cabama Rioja
Laderas de Cabama Rioja is a pure, poised and dark-fruited. With balsamic notes, elegance and a lightness of touch.
Almost any kind of lamb dish from roast lamb to tender lamb cutlets.
Cabama is a single vineyard around 4km from Ollauri. In Rioja Alta, covering approximately 2 hectares. This relatively young Tempranillo vineyard (30-35yrs old) is planted on a good hillside site with clay / limestone soils. The resulting wine is aged in French oak.
Produced from 30 year old, 100% Tempranillo vines. Hand harvested grapes are aged in 80% French and 20% Russian oak for 12 months. So effectively a declassified Reserva. Though the focus here is on quality rather than ageing.
Rioja is a wine region in Spain, with denominación de origen calificada. This wine is made from grapes grown in the autonomous communities of La Rioja and Navarre, and the Basque province of Álava. Rioja is further subdivided into three zones: Rioja Alta, Rioja Oriental and Rioja Alavesa.
A black grape variety, tempranillo widely grown to make full-bodied red wines in its native Spain. Its name is the diminutive of the Spanish temprano. Which is a reference to the fact that it ripens several weeks earlier than most Spanish red grapes.
Tempranillo, has been known as the backbone of Spain’s most noble wine region, Rioja, for many generations. Often blended with local grapes Garnacha (Grenache) and Mazuela (Carignan). Rioja reds have been Spain’s signature wine for almost two hundred years.