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Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo 2014

Editorial Review by Gregory Dal Piaz:

Leather, game and rust greet the nose with a classic Rioja profile. This is not particularly fruit-driven, instead recalling the winery and the land. Air brings out more smoky, herby notes along with a base of cranberry fruit. Smooth and polished on entry, another quintessential attribute of Rioja Reserva, this has wispy tannins and juicy acidity that make the texture a near perfect blend of brightness and a firm base. There’s more fruit on the palate. Raspberry and strawberry tones with earth, rust and herb flavors are topped with a light lashing of vanilla. The lovely finish is slightly astringent, slightly austere, long and savory. This is how I prefer my Rioja, a bit rustic! 90pts

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Bodegas Bilbainas:
Bodegas Bilbaínas specializes in making vintage wines, and is regarded as a leader when it comes to setting wine styles. Some of the winery’s flagships are among the most famed and emblematic wines of the Rioja, foremost of which are Viña Pomal and La Vicalanda.

Editorial Reviews for Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065238,748
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 11/07/2012

Leather, game and rust greet the nose with a classic Rioja profile. This is not particularly fruit-driven, instead recalling the winery and the land. Air brings out more smoky, herby notes along with a base of cranberry fruit. Smooth and polished on entry, another quintessential attribute of Rioja Reserva, this has wispy tannins and juicy acidity that make the texture a near perfect blend of brightness and a firm base. There’s more fruit on the palate. Raspberry and strawberry tones with earth, rust and herb flavors are topped with a light lashing of vanilla. The lovely finish is slightly astringent, slightly austere, long and savory. This is how I prefer my Rioja, a bit rustic! 90pts


Member Reviews for Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo

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Snooth User: Kimma B
1377952118
4.00 5
Vintage: 2010 01/25/2014

Four glasses


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.50 5
Vintage: 2009 05/25/2012

traditional vanilla bean, sweeter due to the american oak. bit of cocoa with dark blackberry/raspberry fruit. smooth easy drinking


Snooth User: Nicki Gig
1783064,217
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 05/09/2011

yummy berry fruit, nice acidity, but a little bold, smooth mouthfeel, easy drinking


Snooth User: hubhub11
72637981
3.00 5
Vintage: 2007 11/21/2011

Fruity and smooth, finishes with a little bite. Nice wine.


Snooth User: hubhub11
72637981
3.50 5
Vintage: 2007 10/27/2011

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: Katrin
178987132
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 02/18/2010

I tasted this wine over two nights. The first impression left me feeling so-so and not terribly impressed. The second try was quite different, so I will focus on my notes from day two. The Viña Zaco is a solid brick color, and still quite dark. The nose is dusty earth and black cherries. It tastes of chocolate, smoke, and cherries, with some herbaciousness. It is light bodied with zippy acidity and pleasant tannins. This wine just kept getting better in the glass, so I do recommend decanting it. Read more about Vina Zaco and other reviews at: www.winedinewith.us


Snooth User: rar8888
1580261,286
3.50 5
Vintage: 2006 04/19/2010

This was nice. Tasted at Geneva wine tasting 4/18/2010.


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External Reviews for Bodegas Bilbainas Vina Zaco Rioja Tempranillo

External Review
Vintage: 2010 12/12/2014

2006 Vina Zaco was chosen by Wine Spectator as one of their Top 100 Wines of 2009. Rioja Vina Zaco from Bodegas Bilbainas is a fruit-forward Tempranillo with just enough oak aging to add intriguing notes of complex spice and vanilla. 100% Tempranillo carefully vinified to bring out the rich fruit. A short cold-maceration is followed by a slow, cooler than normal fermentation with skin contact for a full two weeks to extract as much flavor and color as possible. Nine month in French and American oak followed for a complex intermingling of flavors both spicy and succulent. Wine Spectator scored this 2010 90 points saying "This red shows focus and good density, with ripe fruit flavors of black cherry and plum accented with toast and coffee, all supported by well-integrated tannins. Leafy and minerally accents linger on the finish. Drink now through 2016." This one could be headed for the top 100 list once again. A great value!


External Review
Vintage: 2010 01/22/2013

How often do you see 90 Points under $10.00? Not very, that's right! So treat yourself to little Spanish delight with a this Vina Zaco Tempranillo while you can because at this price it wont be around for very long.


External Review
Vintage: 2007 09/21/2011

2006 Vina Zaco was chosen by Wine Spectator as one of their Top 100 Wines of 2009. Rioja Vina Zaco from Bodegas Bilbainas is a fruit-forward Tempranillo with just enough oak aging to add intriguing notes of complex spice and vanilla. 100% Tempranillo carefully vinified to bring out the rich fruit. A short cold-maceration is followed by a slow, cooler than normal fermentation with skin contact for a full two weeks to extract as much flavor and color as possible. Nine month in French and American oak followed for a complex intermingling of flavors both spicy and succulent. A great value!


External Review
Vintage: 2007 07/06/2011

WS 88pts - The 2006 was on Wine Spectators Top 100 of 2009 - According to the Spectator - This polished red delivers black cherry, espresso and mineral flavors in a silky texture over firm tannins. Leafy and floral notes linger. Not powerful, but has intensity. Drink now through 2014. 20,000 cases made.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 10/15/2009

90 Points - Wine Spectator Black cherry and blackberry flavors are framed by smoky chocolate oak in this modern red, which is taut and focused, with firm tannins and bright acidity. Drink now through 2012. Tasted twice, with consistent notes.


External Review
Vintage: 2006 01/15/2010

Wine Spectator chose this great value Rioja as one of their Top 100 Wines of 2009. Vina Zaco from Bodegas Bilbainas is a fruit-forward Tempranillo with just enough oak aging to add intriguing notes of complex spice and vanilla. They scored it 90 points saying “Black cherry and blackberry flavors are framed by smoky chocolate oak in this modern red, which is taut and focused, with firm tannins and bright acidity. Drink now through 2012." not sponsored by or affiliated with The Wine Spectator, The Wine Advocate or the International Wine Cellar.


External Review
Source: Flaschenpost Weinservice GmbH
Vintage: 2004 06/23/2010

Auge: sauber, tiefes Rot; Nase: direkte und deutliche Aromen von ausgeprägter Intensität. Sehr anhaltende und geschmeidige Noten. Duftnoten des Weinausbaus mit würzigem Hauch nach: Tabakblatt, Trüffel, Nelke, Lakritze und Vanille; Gaumen: geschmeidig im Gaumen, rund, butterig, sehr körperreich, ausgewogen an Geschmacksnoten, mit einem elegant bitteren Abgang. Überraschende Frische durch die eigentümliche Graciano-Traube des Weinbaugebiets. Angenehmer und langer Schweif und im Abgang kräftige Aromen


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