2002 Bodegas Las Orcas "Solar de Randez" Crianza Rioja

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In my mind this wine is the value Rioja version of our wildly popular 1997 Langoa-Barton. Why do I say that? Like the Langoa, this comes from a cooler, challenging vintage and is produced by a somewhat under the radar producer (perhaps a little more under the radar in this case). However, like the Langoa this wine has aged amazingly well, due to its impeccable balance and high acidity. It is not a wine for everybody, but for those who appreciate subtle and traditionally crafted wine, I highly recommend you try this beauty. Founded in 1994, this Laguardia based Bodega in the Alavesa sub-zone of Rioja clearly knows what they are doing. A crianza of this age, when made well, can be a beautiful wine indeed. What stands out about this '02 is the interplay of warm red fruit flavors, lively acidity, and meaty, savory notes which only judicious aging in oak (in this case French and American) and bottle age can coax out of a Rioja. This would surely pair beautifully with a variety of red meats, and should continue to drink well tfor another several years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Wine Merchants)

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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/20/2009 | Send Email
This is my kind of wine! What great balance, finesse, and au point drinkability! The perfect antidote to the over-ripe, over-oaked wines that get big scores in Spain, this is inimitable, delicate, medium bodied wine that could only come from Rioja. I am planning on rushing a few bottles of this home to drink with some paella over the weekend!
Drink from 2009 to 2012

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- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.