Bodegas Olarra Summa Reserva 2008 Review from Logrono (Rioja), Spain.  Red wine overview, tasting notes and food pairings.

Bodegas Olarra Summa Reserva 2008

Bodegas Olarra resides within Logroño, (Rioja), Spain.

Vintage: 2008

While recently in Logroño, Spain, which resides in the famed Rioja wine making region, I had the opportunity to sample the Bodegas Olarra Summa Reserva 2008.  The Summa 2008 is designated a “Reserva,” and is aged for 18 months in oak, which is typically the oak age requirement for a Gran Reserva.  However since total aging time does not equate to 5 years, it’s able to retain the Reserva designation.  It’s also additionally aged on lees within new oak barrels.  Basically, this is a fine wine that maintains good structure, balance and flavor.

This wine is essentially small lot grabbed from only 12 hectares of vineyard plot.  The vines selected for the Summa line are relatively low productivity and at least 40 years old.  Long maceration vinification process for at least 3 weeks.  Grape varieties utilized for this vintage are Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano.

Bodegas Olarra Summa Reserva

Cruising through Rioja Alta amidst budding tempranillo vines in May, 2015.

Bodegas Olarra Summa Reserva 2008 Tasting Notes

In the glass this wine shows a bit of its age over a dark black and blue hue with ruby accents.  On the nose, we get fresh aromas of raspberry, pomegranate and plum.  The opening palate is upbeat, with vibrant raspberry, smoke and moderate acid.  Towards the middle palate notes of red currant, white spice and cold limestone become more evident over a long and delicately tannic-cherry finish.

Food Pairing the Summa Reserva 2008

Roasted duck over a four-cheese risotto and pork loin or Cuban lechon with plantains immediately comes to mind.  I like a wine like this with kind of depth to go with more savory dishes, as opposed to tomato or otherwise acid based plates.  To simplify things, try barbecue chicken pizza or honey glazed chicken wings.

91 points – Peñin Guide

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