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2008 Vina Zaco Tempranillo 

Rioja, Spain

$11-$15 Retail

This bottling is from one of Bodegas Bilbainas' oldest vineyards in the Rioja Alta subregion. The medium-bodied, 100 percent Tempranillo wine was aged nine months in French and American oak. It offers aromas of black and red berries, a gamey, leathery quality and hints of vanilla and spice. On the palate, taste concentrated flavors of black plum, black cherry, espresso, an earthy character and firm tannins. It is ready to drink now, but it will continue to develop in the cellar. Decant an hour before serving. Drink it with tapas, bold meat dishes, lamb, roasted vegetables and aged manchego or other hearty cheeses. Buy it at: Cork & Bottle, Dorignac's and Rouses in Covington. Drink it at: RioMar, NOLA, Barcelona Tapas, The Court of Two Sisters and Pravda. — BRENDA MAITLAND

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