Finca de la Rica El Nomada Special Selection Rioja 2014
- Rated 4 stars
- Reviewed by: Treve Ring
- Published on: September 25, 2017
- Last modified: September 25, 2017
60-year-old Tempranillo and Graciano from the cooler, higher-altitude, calcium-clay soils of Labastida, in Rioja Alavesa. Finca de la Rica owns all the 39 ha of this village. A quarter of this was fermented in stainless, before all returning to French oak for 14 months. As grippy and strict as you'd expect from a youthful Rioja, though there's a lovely core of plum and cherry that counters the tight tannins surrounded by mulberry, warm baking spice, tobacco leaves, light smoke and leather before the tight, astringent, cocoa-crusted finish. This medium-bodied red is far too young to drink now without protein (think pork or lamb), but the freshness and authenticity is solid.