Solar de Líbano Reserva is a red wine made from a blend of 98% Tempranillo, completed with 2% of Graciano and Grenache, all coming from estate vineyards owned by the Castillo de Sajazarra winery in Rioja.
Vinified in a traditional manner, the wine was aged for two years in American oak barrels.
Interestingly, though, during the first year Solar de Líbano Reserva 2009 was aged in new oak barrels, while in the second year, with the aim of not suffocating the wine with oak flavours, it was transferred into 4th year barrels.
Once the ageing period was completed, this red wine from Rioja spent another 3 months in big vats to harmonize its components. Finally, the wine was aged for a further 12 months in the cellar prior to its commercial release.
Clean, bright, medium garnet robe with a violet rim.
This Spanish red wine is deep and expressive, showing notes of ripe fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, and noticeable remembrances of toast, dry fruits and smoke. Some dim herbal touches, along with liquorice and hints of honey.
Well-balanced and wisely chiseled by time, with a palate defined by notes red fruit and exotic spices. Good acidity, a slight touch of alcohol and ripe tannins. Long finish with some spicy remembrances.
|Our personal opinion||
Solar de Líbano Reserva 2009 is an excellent value that will delight the Classic Rioja lovers.
Solar de Líbano Reserva 2008;
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||No|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in American oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||“Tempranillo”:”96” “Garnacha Tinta”:"2" “Graciano”:"2"|
|Pairings||Cold meats, Cooked foods, Grilled vegitables, Meat and vegitables, Poultry, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Specialty plates, Stews, Vegetables|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Business dinner, Dinner with friends, Family reunion, Reunion with colleagues|