2006 Bodegas Las Orcas "Solar de Randez" Crianza Rioja

SKU #1075877 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 ($13; 100% tempranillo) Ruby-red. Fresh red berries and cherry on the nose, with suave Asian spice and vanilla notes adding complexity. Silky in texture, offering sweet red fruit flavors and a tangy suggestion of white pepper. Gains depth and power with air and finishes on a bitter cherry skin note. This is pretty tasty now but possesses the depth to reward patience.  (10/2009)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2006 Solar de Randez Crianza is 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano aged for 14 months in seasoned French and American oak. Purple-colored, it offers up an enticing nose of cedar, tobacco, spice box, leather, and black fruits. Supple, ripe, and elegant on the palate, the wine has good depth, intense flavors, and a lengthy, pure finish. It is an excellent value for drinking through 2018.  (6/2010)

Wine Spectator

 This juicy red brims with berry and black cherry flavors, accented with licorice and vanilla. It has light, firm tannins and juicy acidity, with a sweet, floral finish.  (4/2010)

K&L Notes

Bodegas Las Orcas is a family winery with a bodega  just outside the town wall of Laguardia, and vineyards located nearby in the Rioja Alavesa. In the heavily clay/calcareous soil, Tempranillo thrives, and it forms the basis of this wine.  There is also 5% Garnacha and/or Graciano blended in (depending on the vintage and which grapes are the most desirable specific to the growing season). While the wine is showing quite well now, with tasty mixed berry and red fruits, a sturdy texture and hints of Mediterranean herbs, this is one of those crianzas with a capacity to improve in bottle, so feel free to stash some extra bottles away to drink over the next 4-5 years.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- 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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5