2005 Antaño Reserva Rioja

SKU #1110766

Antaño is no boutique winery. It is a huge operation, one of the best selling Rioja brands in Spain, but given that Spaniards still (even with per capita wine consumption decreasing and the economy struggling) drink far more Rioja than anywhere else, I would say that this is a good thing; no one knows good, honest, fairly priced Rioja better than they do. So it is no surprised that this top seller in Spain tastes as delicious as it does. Savory dark cherry flavors show real umami character, with hints of soy sauce and decent minerality as well to complement the fruit. This is simply delicious and surprisingly nuanced, elegant wine for the price!

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Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/29/2012 | Send Email
I have absolutely fallen in love with the 2005 Rioja vintage! This reserva level rioja is a "must-try" for a mere $12.99. A great balance of plump fruit and savory character, this wine is very representative of the vintage. It is also a great example of a very large producer making affordable wines of real character.

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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