2007 Marques de Legarda Reserva Rioja (Previously $20)

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We are thrilled to begin working with the oldest bodega in all Rioja, a winery whose traditionally styled wines may not be well known (yet) but surely will become so after people taste how good they are. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos, Bodegas de la Real Divisa (whose wines sell under the name Marques de Legarda) is not only the oldest bodega in all of Rioja, with a history of vine growing stretching back to the 14th century, but to our knowledge one of the oldest wineries in the world. This important and historical bodega produces wine from their own 30 hectares of vines, primariliy Tempranillo with some Graciano and Mazuelo, all located in Abalos.

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By: Angie An | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/21/2014 | Send Email
Rioja, Rioja, Rioja... The wines from the region can offer endless styles from the juicy Crianza to earthy Gran Reserva; From big and oaky to soft and smooth. I've always been more old school and am constantly looking for the more traditional style. Marques de Legarda is the oldest winery in Rioja making delicious and well balanced expressions of Rioja. I've had their 2001 Gran Reserva and the 2008 Crianza but my heart and palate favors the 2007 Reserva. The fruits are present, pronounced but well integrated with the oak profile. The wine truly showcases the elegance of the Tempranillo grape and makes me crave chorizo paella and Spanish tapas. I'm drooling now.....

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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.