I came across this article just the other day, whose title intrigued me quite a bit, it's entitled the "Gentle Soul in a World of Bold Fruit" via the Pour Blog [NYT] [Read More]
After I popped it open on my browser, I got half way down the article and came across this paragraph, one which made me want to stand and applaud. Describing what a Gran Reserva is and is not, could not be stated any better than this.
These graceful, elegant wines captivate both sensually — their polished textures feel so good in the mouth that you are drawn irresistibly to the next sip — and intellectually, by almost demanding your attention as you seek out each elusive nuance." Eric AsimovNot only does Mr. Asimov make some great points about the so-called demise of the Gran Reserva style of wine, he also gives many compelling examples of why this great style of wine isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
Having recently returned from Rioja just last summer where I had to the opportunity over and over again to sample many different Gran Reservas and having visited one of the wineries he mentioned in his article I would have to heartily concur, the Gran Reserva style of wine is here to stay.
If you've not had [popped the cork] a beautifully aged Gran Reserva for yourself from the likes of López de Heredia, La Rioja Alta or Muga you are in my opinion missing the boat. Until next time folks remember life is short, so sip long and prosper cheers!