August 2016 - Wine of the Month
It may have happened to you that even if you prefer red wine rather than rosé or white wines, you may stop drinking them during the summer because of the hot temperatures, or you do not enjoy them as much during the other seasons of the year. That is absolutely normal considering that the serving temperature of a wine influences to a large extent its perception.
The wine I propose for this month is Baigorri MC 2015. This can be a solution to that problem since its recommended serving temperature is only 10 – 12 ºC to fully appreciate its aroma and freshness. It is a 100% Tempranillo red wine from La Rioja DOC, which has been made using the carbonic maceration process. It is precisely this method which confers a strong personality on the wine, making it different from other wines of its kind.
Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing. Conventional alcoholic fermentation usually involves crushing the grapes to free the juice from the grapes and the addition of yeasts serving to convert the sugar into ethanol. Carbonic maceration ferments most of the juice while it is still inside the grape (intracellular fermentation) although grapes at the bottom of the tank are crushed by gravity and undergo conventional fermentation. In contrast to the carbonic maceration of Beaujolais Nouveau in France, which is an artificial process, carbonic maceration of wines in the Rioja Alavesa region is a natural process done since ancient times in traditional stone tanks called lagares, which can still be found in some villages. The difference is that for the Beaujolais, the atmosphere of CO2 is created artificially in a closed container, while traditional carbonic maceration uses only the CO2 produced naturally during fermentation in an open tank. The resulting wines are truly fresh and remarkably fruity, with very low tannins. They are ready to drink earlier after the harvest, but we have to keep in mind that they lack the structure for long-term ageing.
In our Baigorri MC 2015 its currant and blackberry fruity aromas stand out. Its palate is very pleasant and balanced, with lingering hints of liquorice. Its null astringency makes it absolutely palatable. This lack of acerbity is one of the most relevant features that differentiates it from classic wines made with the carbonic maceration technique.
Baigorri MC 2015 is an intense wine, suitable for seasonal salads, cold meats, pasta, soups, creams, black rice, roasts and red meats.
Alcohol Content: 13.5% Serve slightly chilled: 10 - 12 ºC. Average price: 7.00 €
You can find it in any specialised wine shop and also on the Internet (www. bodegasbaigorri.com, www.enterwine.com, www.vinissimus.com,...).