This month's top picks
Rioja For Whatever the Weather
While Rioja is best known for bold, aromatic red wines, it’s also an abundant source of vibrant, stylish whites (and in just the past several years, for spicy, citrusy, mouthwatering rosés). Ruben and Raquel Pérez Cuevas of Bodegas Ontañon are the fifth generation of their family to farm vineyards near the Baja Rioja village of Quel. The quality of their wines is outstanding and we’re excited to collaborate with them to offer their wines (including two PCC exclusives!) to PCC customers. This trio of delicious, affordable wines is perfect for just about any season, reason or dish that you care to dream up!
Rioja “Ecologica” Blanco Viura Quite the Find!
100% Viura from organically grown vines, this wine offers a lush texture of citrus and stone fruits, with a minerally note and an enchanting hint of wild spices. It's perfect with everything from charcuterie to shellfish (and points in between).
Rioja Clarete Rosado.
We'd never tasted "Clarete" before being introduced to it in the tapas bars of Logroño. When we asked Raquel and Ruben why they didn't send any to the US, they replied "that’s just local wine, Americans wouldn’t be interested." (Quite the contrary!) In any case, they did, it's here and we just can't quite get enough! Bright, racy, spicy, citrusy, delicious.
Rioja "Ecologica" Tinto Quite the Find!
If you've enjoyed the previous two vintages of this outstanding, organically-farmed red, you'll be pleased to know that is even better still. Bold, dark cherry and black raspberry fruit aromas with a hint of bay leaf and dust invite a sip, then echo on the robust, sturdily structured palate. The satisfying texture carries a vibrant energy that adds depth, focus and complexity. A great match with robust, savory dishes.
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All tasting notes are written by the PCC wine team, except where attributed otherwise — and in those cases, we wholeheartedly agree, and simply couldn't say it any better ourselves.