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Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja la Vicalanda de Vina Pomal Reserva 2006

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Wine Spectator Review Rated 90 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. Wine Tasting Notes Vina Zaco is the rebellious new Rioja from Bodegas Bilbainas - a Rioja with a contemporary twist. Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta. But that's where Zaco's links with the past begin and end. With its abundance of fresh red berries, notes of liquorice and faint undertones of spice, Zaco is the ultimate modern expression of Rioja.

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 Rioja la Vicalanda de Vina Pomal Reserva

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065223,796
3.50 5
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


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Snooth User: Katrin
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3.50 5
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
04/19/2010

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


Snooth User: Philip James
112,550
3.50 5
10/18/2009

Chocolatey nose that's very mineral. Good acidity and firm tannins work well with this very fruity wine. Main flavors of blackberry, leather and licorice.


Snooth User: VegasOenophile
20275912,198
3.50 5
04/11/2010

Tasted at UNLVino 4/10/10


Snooth User: davethewav9
394597414
3.00 5
01/11/2013

Good, simple, rioja. Strong fruit, nice tannin and oak to match. No huge depth or big finish, just a nice, wine to have with some apps


Snooth User: Drunk as a Skunk
249237361
1.50 5
03/04/2010

Was let down.


Snooth User: Middletucky
106260183
2.50 5
04/16/2010

Pleasant, food-friendly wine. On its own, had some green and un-ripe flavors.


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External Reviews for Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja la Vicalanda de Vina Pomal Reserva

External Review
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
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
01/10/2011

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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Wine Spectator Review Rated 90 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. Wine Tasting Notes Vina Zaco is the rebellious new Rioja from Bodegas Bilbainas - a Rioja with a contemporary twist. Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta. But that's where Zaco's links with the past begin and end. With its abundance of fresh red berries, notes of liquorice and faint undertones of spice, Zaco is the ultimate modern expression of Rioja.

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