Tuesday, August 12, 2008
We drank the Ramirez de la Piscina Rioja Crianza 2004 last night with some sauteed chicken cutlets with lemon pepper and marjoram. Our only side was some flatbread. Just about any wine, red or white, would have been fine as a pairing. Lightly tannic (less so than the Altos Las Hormigas from the night before) with a dry red cherry flavor; very typical of Rioja. It had more than a hint of oak, which added a slight vanilla flavor and enriched the mouthfeel. It's a very sucessful wine of its type. It was fine with the peppery chicken, and would also work well with pork chops or ribs.