Like the 2010 before it, the 2011 Zaco is produced from a 100% Tempranillo vineyard outside Haro, the same village where Lopez de Heredia’s famed Viña Tondonia lies, this is a bright, fresh and fruit forward take on Rioja. Red cherry fruit, gentle spice and loads of drinkability here.
Vina Zaco is a Rioja with a Contemporary Twist. Vina Zaco takes its name from one of the oldest vineyards in Bodegas Bilbainas in the Rioja Alta.
It is neither a Crianza nor a Reserva. Zaco is simply ready when award-winning international winemaker Diego Pinilla believes the wine is reaching its full potential. Every year Diego will identify the perfect moment to bottle Zaco. Its back label says it all: “A wine with just one guideline: to be Rioja.”
Winemaker’s Notes: An intense, cherry color with violet hints. Lots of wild flowers and violet tones and notes of black fruits and licorice after swirling. Fresh and intense. Robust body, generous and structured with round tannins.
90 Points – Wine Spectator:
The 2011 Vina Zaco changed labels and profile to a more modern style a few years ago and displays a darker shade of cherry color, ripe notes of red and black berries, flowers and a meaty palate where the wood is perfectly integrated with the fruit, which finally feels more classical than what the label makes you think. It is very good value.