The Bodegas Ondarre Valdebarón Red DOCa Rioja is a beautiful, unique wine brought forth by Bodegas OIarra. It combines the famous Tempranillo with Mazuelo - a match made in heaven. Mazuelo, while lacking in flavor and that ‘punch’ Tempranillo can deliver, offers wonderful tannins and acidity leading to the creation of a particularly refreshing wine. Tempranillo, on the other hand, delivers a beautiful flavor and boldness that is lacking in Mazuelo. But when the two are intertwined, great things happen. A bold, delicious, refreshing red.
To the eye: deep, lively ruby reds greet the eye with some violet hues interspersed for good measure. On the nose: a complex bouquet of ripe fruit balanced with delicious notes of cedarwood and toasted nuts. On the palate: ripe, red, fruit delivering a playful sweetness that is instantly refreshed by the tannins and acidity. It is a delicious wine and will serve well to refresh the palate.
This wonderful amalgamation of opposite grapes are both tantalizing and refreshing. You may enjoy this wine with grilled meats and dishes that present big, bold flavors. But a wine of this caliber deserves to be enjoyed alone. Simply sit on your balcony, veranda, or patio, pop this bottle and watch the world go by. Perfection.