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Rioja DOC Gran Reserva "Vina Albina", Bodegas Riojanas 2001


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Understated Gran Reserva from From one of the oldest Rioja producers, Bodegas Riojanas, established 1890 in Rioja Alta. The fruit comes from the best estate vineyards with 35-55 year-old vines, including older vines from vineyards in Cenicero, Brinas, Ollauri, and Urunuela. The blend is 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano. The grapes are harvested manually and brought to the winery in small boxes. In the gravity-flow winery, the grapes are vinified traditionally with long maceration. The wine is aged in old American oak barrels for 30 months and in bottle for another 36 months before release. 2001 is widely regarded as one of the greatest vintages in Rioja and so the quality of this gran reserva is outstanding.

"The 2001 Vina Albina Gran Reserva displays elegant balsamic aromas of sandalwood, tobacco, tea leaves and leather. The medium-bodied palate is supple, still holding onto some juicy fruit, with roasted flavors and a good finish. This is a very good Gran Reserva, but I'd have expected a little more complexity for such a great vintage. Drink 2014-2020." 90/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

"This Gran Riserva is a blend of 80 percent tempranillo, 15 percent mazuelo, and 5 percent graciano. The wine has a burnished ruby color in the center, with just a touch of bricking at the edges to show for its 10 years in bottle. Aromas of saddle leather, grilled meats, and toast predominate in the nose. There are still some unresolved, yet soft tannins at the core of the sweet sinewy fruit. The flavors are both sweet and savory, and are delicious throughout the mouthfeel, and the very long, off-sweet finish." Eric Anderson, Orange Coast Magazine