2004 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1089464 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Vina Real Gran Reserva is developing beautifully. The oak is nicely integrated and the aromatics are just beginning to display tertiary notes of dried fruits and spices. This lengthy, concentrated effort admirably displays the plush, rich style of the great 2004 vintage and should easily see its 20th birthday in fine form.  (6/2011)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Complex bouquet evokes dried redcurrant and cherry, with sexy oak spice, tobacco and potpourri elements gaining strength with air. Pliant, sweet and nicely ripe, with deep red fruit and chewing tobacco flavors and a suave note of vanilla. Dusty tannins come on late and add shape to the long, ripe, smoky finish. This is approachable now, but should reward at least another decade of cellaring.  (10/2011)

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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.