A little late on the Wine of the Week this week, sorry. You won’t be sorry, though, to pick up a bottle or case of La Vendimia 2009 from Rioja, a 50/50 blend of garnacha (grenache) and tempranillo grapes that’s as bright and clean and deeply berryish as you could ask for. The wine is produced by Palacios Remondo, whose owner, Alvaro Palacios, represents the fifth generation of his family in the business. The grapes for La Vendimia (“the harvest”) are grown in vineyards 1,800 feet up the Yerga mountain, among the highest places in Rioja. The wine ages five months in 80 percent French and 20 percent American oak barrels, none of them new, so the wood component gently lends shape and suppleness. Black cherries and plums, red and black currants are infused with notes of cloves and cocoa powder, orange pekoe tea and rose petals, with undertones of cedar and dried thyme. How tasty and charming is that! The texture, while soft and appealing, allows for the influence of slightly dense tannins to carry some weight and substance through the mouth to the spicy finish. We drank this last night with a delicious chicken and hominy stew that LL made. Not meant for cellaring, La Vendimia 2009 should be consumed by the end of 2012. Alcohol content is 14 percent. Very Good+. About $15, a Terrific Value.

Imported by Folio Fine Wine Partners, Napa, Cal. A sample for review.