1987 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva

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Bodegas Riojanas is one of the classic centenarian bodegas in Rioja, based in the Rioja Alta town of Cenicero. Viña Albina is made as either a Reserva or, in the best vintages, as a Gran Reserva as well. It is a classically styled wine, faithful to the traditional style and ideal the Rioja is best represented as a blend featuring Tempranillo, but not neglecting the other important grapes of the region, in this case Graciano and Mazuelo, this latter grape variety always marking Albiña with wonderfully earthy and spicy notes. Currently our lone representative of the fantastic 1987 vintage in Rioja, this should be a beauty. The wine came to us through our friendly Sonoma neighbors at the Rare Wine Company, who recently sourced several large collections of Rioja from cellars in the cool, damp, northerly climes of the Pais Vasco (Basque Country). (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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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.