Costing under ten dollars back then, and with 11.5% alcohol, the 1982 Bosconia Rioja scored 17 points on the Dionysian scale of a possible 20. At 38 years old, the wine was still ruby with an amber edge. It projected light red fruits, cherry pit, spices, and was medium weight. An ideal food wine.

This was the last of a case I bought in New York’s Long Island back in 1986.

This Rioja was served with salmon and cod together. There was a tomato sauce on the cod, and like most older reds, the wine went well with the fish. Fish does pair with red wines if they are well aged.

The wine comes form the Rioja Alta, where the Tempranillo grapes produce more acids and enhance the wines refreshing character. This was a real treat and I wish I could have shared it with Spanish wine lovers as so many of the Dionysian members seem to be. Lay some down today for 2030. In Vino Veritas.