2005 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva Rioja

SKU #1107718 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Monte Real Reserva is pure Tempranillo that is raised in American oak for 24 to 30 months. It has a traditional, singed leather bouquet with muted earthy aromas and bay leaf. The palate is medium-bodied with a pepper-tinged entry. It is underpinned by fine tannins and is blessed with a refined, harmonious leather and balsamic-tinged finish that will please lovers of 'classic' Rioja. Drink now-2018.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

Bodegas Riojanas is more than a century old, family-owned winery and one of the pioneers of modern winemaking in Rioja. Stylistically, Monte Real is the bolder, riper sibling of Viña Albina. From the great 2005 vintage, this is layered and expressive in traditional Rioja form as red fruit aromas and flavors with darker fruit undertones mingle with leather and savory notes. It has lively acidity on the palate and exhibits supreme balance overall. 100% Tempranillo.

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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