Selling wine from Rioja these days is tricky business. Rioja, often called the Bordeaux of Spain, the market has been flooded over the last years with lots of lower priced, mediocre product. There are outstanding wines still there, though, and this is one of them. The wines from the family estate of Prudencio Zuazo-Gaston are everything a Rioja should be: silky mouth feel, chewy tannins with dried black cherry flavors — well-balanced, elegant wines! Another plus, Zuazo Gaston is not a well-known name in the US, so you can still get these wines at a reasonable price for higher-end Rioja.
A little about the estate:
Bodegas Zuazo Gaston is located in the little village of Oyón (Alava) and it’s owned and managed by the Zuazo Gaston family with a continued emphasis on traditional, artisan quality combined with their state of the art facility. The vineyards are on 100 hectares of calcareous-clay soil where they cultivate Tempranillo, Graciano, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura. The vines have an average age of 30 years. The vineyards are located at a medium altitude of 450 meters above sea level, taking advantage of a good orientation and long sunny days. Yields are controlled to around 5000 kg/hectare with an annual production limited to 600,000 bottles per year.
Zuazo Gaston has employed Carmen Murillo, a woman winemaker, for many years now, and her work is outstanding. The wines are nuanced, beautifully balancing the wonderful fruit flavors of the grapes with the mild oakiness famous to this region of Spain.
We carry the following wines from their line. Please contact us for current vintages if interested:
Zuazo Gaston Crianza
Zuazo Gaston Reserva
Zuazo Gaston Finca Costanillas
Jens Strecker, Owner
J. Strecker Selections