The Date and Time: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 11AM to 1PM
The Event: Tasting Rioja Bordon Gran Reserva – 7 vintages vertical
The Venue: National Club
The Target Audience: wine writers and sommeliers
The Availability/Catalogue: in Ontario, only the 2005 GR is available through the LCBO's new Signature collection ($22.95). The agent is Eurovintage.
The Quote/Background: Juan Carlos Llopart, export director of Bodegas Bordon, led the tasting. The winery was founded in 1890 as Bodegas Franco-Espanolas, and since 1984 has concentrated on making old-style Rioja. In addition to the seven GR, we had a variety of other wines that will be making their appearance in the LCBO system.
**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 1985 [80% tempranillo]
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 1994 [80% tempranillo] – my fave
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 2001 [80% campanile]
***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 1982 [80% campanile]
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 1995 [80% campanile]
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 2005 [80% campanile] $22.95 +428060 Signature
*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Bordon Gran Reserva Rioja 2006 [80% campanile]
In the side table, for those who wanted to sample new releases, there were three Bordon Reserva Rioja (2007, 2008, and 2009). 2009 is coming, to be priced at $18.95. We also tried a Bordon Seleccion Historica 2012 Rioja Crianza (100% tempranillo), a young and fruity wine TBD at LCBO, probably $17.95.
The Food: for lunch we had a variety of dishes including fried calamari, serrano ham, olives, paella, pepper salads, and potato croquettes.
The Contact Person: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Event's Marketing Effectiveness and Execution (numerical grade): 90.