Rioja Gran Reserva, Vina Real, CVNE
85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazeuelo – all a selection of the best grapes from vineyards surrounding the village of Villalba, in the heart of the ‘Rioja Alta’ zone, grown on iron-rich clay and limestone soils. Extended aging takes place in French and American oak casks, followed by further aging in bottle; generally aged a total of 10 years before release.
Press & Reviews
The 2008 Gran Reserva is produced from 90-95% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in inox. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in both French and American oak barrels where is aged for two years. During the aging process the wine is frequently racked, a natural way to make it clean and stable. The wine should be available in mid-2014, and it’s still resting in bottle. It has a serious character, a bit savage, slightly reduced at the moment, with fresh fruit (both red and black), murky, spicy aromas (nutmeg) and hints of smoke. The tannins are very fine-grained, it’s medium-bodied, with good acidity, very balanced, with great weight of fruit and a mineral finish. It has great intensity and harmony, and should age for a long time, resulting in one great classical wine. A great Gran Reserva that should please fans of both traditional and more modern wines at a very good price. Drink 2015-2028.
(95% tempranillo and 5% graciano): Vivid ruby-red. Lively and complex on the nose, displaying an array of red fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of vanilla, cured tobacco and pungent herbs. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering tightly focused redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and gain sweetness with air. Lingers with excellent tenacity, leaving notes of smoky minerals and candied cherry behind.