'96 Marques de Riscal Rioja Riserva - Printable Version

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- ddf68 - 11-20-2000 11:37 AM

Had this over the weekend with grilled ostrich in a blackberry brandy sauce. Plenty of black cherry, well balanced, and a bit of leather on the finish.

My question is this: the wine list had some notes for each of the wines and this wine was described as the only wine produced outside of France ever to receive a French "Appellation Certificate". The author was not available to explain. This makes no sense at all to me. Anyone else?


- Scoop - 11-20-2000 12:39 PM

You are quite correct: It makes no sense whatsoever under AOC/DOC ("Appellation") rules in force across the European Union. Maybe it won some sort of French award, but an "appellation" is tied to geography, so the Spanish (in this case, Rioja Riserva) designation can't be French, too.

It must be some sort of misunderstanding/translation goof.



- Innkeeper - 11-05-2011 12:02 AM

We thoroughly enjoyed an '05 tonight with an upscale mac & cheese, and spinach. Excellent. $12.99 at NH Lig Store.

- TheEngineer - 11-05-2011 01:14 PM

IK, I agree that this house is always a great buy at those prices.