1999 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 1999 Gran Reserva has an enticing red cherry, soy and cedar-scented bouquet that is reminiscent of an old Burgundy. The palate is very well-balanced with fine acidity and edgy tannin. There are notes of fresh red cherries and orange rind interlaced by leather on the tart, highly enjoyable, zesty finish. Drink now-2018. (NM)
Wow--this is spectacular Gran Reserva! Made in a traditional style with earthy red fruit aromas, and in this relatively cooler, damper vintage, a slightly Burgundian profile. The wine features good acidity, minerality, and some classic aged Rioja savory woodsy character. If you're looking for a perfectly mature red wine to drink now, this is very tough to beat for the price.