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Hazaña Rioja wine

2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viegas Rioja

2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viegas Rioja – K&L Wines $10.99

Vintage Wine Taster Jerry hosted a tasting of several Tempranillo wines. The wines were from the Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain, and one from Jerry’s home base in Southern Oregon. All but one of the wines were expensive, the 2015 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viegas Rioja. We loved all the wines, but the Hazaña provides the biggest bang for the buck.  The 2015 Bodegas Hazaña Viñas Viegas Rioja is a Best Buy Wine.

Why we like the Hazaña

The Hazaña is a partnership between well-respected wine merchants Eric Soloman and British born Rafael de Haan. Both are known for seeking out vineyard plots that will produce excellent wines at reasonable price points. The two have certainly done that job with Hazaña Vinas Viegas. The Hazaña is typical of a Rioja, balanced wine with just the right acidity and tannin structure. The blend is 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano. Why the Graciano? The Graciano is said to provide more structure and intensity to the wine.

TheHazaña Vinas Viegas is a medium-bodied wine with a delightful fragrance of red and dark fruit. It is easy drinking with a very decent finish. Like most Rioja Tempranillo wines, it is a fabulous food wine. Drink it on its own; the wine does not impress. Pair it with chicken and other dishes, the wine takes on a different character. It is a terrific wine for the price. Jeb Dunnuck gives it 91 points. I will go with 89 points.

More on the Hazaña Viñas Viegas Rioja

The Tech Sheet: Vines are between 50 and 70 years old, growing at an altitude of 2200 feet. All the vines are sustainably farmed with organic methods. The Hazaña was aged in French and American oak for ten months. The winery is located near Logroño, the largest city in the Rioja region. We visited Logroño in 2013. What a great wine town! The wine flows. Tapas joints seem to be everywhere and folks are having a fabulous time.

Logrono and Hazana

Logroño, the capital of Rioja

Rioja wine region

The Rioja wine region sits between two mountain ranges, Sierra Cantábrica, and Sierra Demanda. To the northwest is the Atlantic Ocean and to the southwest is the Mediterranean Sea. The River Ebro flows through the Rioja wine regions and empties into the Mediterranean Sea. The mountains provide huge shifts between day and night time temperatures. The diurnal temperature shifts result in grapes with balanced acidity. The daily winds from the Atlantic Ocean provide beautiful afternoon breezes. These factors, plus the soils, provide ideal growing conditions for Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo (Carineña), and Graciano.

Do try a wine from the Rioja wine regions this coming week. Learn about Tempranillo.

The Sierra Cantábrica Mountains

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