1973 Berberana Reserva Rioja

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The 1973 Berberana absolutely stands out as the best 1973 Rioja I have yet tasted. Mixed berry aromas are so intensely fragrant, that I found myself nosing this glass for a very long time. And this was after the bottle had been open for 5 hours! There are scents of dark chocolate, fig confiture, dried orange peel, maybe even a hint of cinnamon? On the palate, the wine is fresh, with delicious fruit, and such effortless elegance about it. At 40 years old, this wine is clearly well into its peak drinking window but, if this bottle is any indication, does not show any sign of retiring anytime soon. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Adam Parry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2013 | Send Email
This wine was really good from the first taste, but a few hours later had evolved even more, which certainly is not always the case with older wines. So, not only does that speak of the wine's quality, but the cellar conditions as well. The bouquet is bright and high-toned with a ripe core of plummy fruit enhanced by notes of leather, licorice, orange peel and a hint of pipe tobacco. On the palate there is fine balancing acidity to still lively fruit component and a long finish.

By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
Again, like I mentioned with the other 1973, this is just legendary wine at a price that, while expensive, is still within reach of many K&L employees if we scrimp and save a bit. In this case, the Berberana is worth every penny. Lots of integrated softness from the tannins and fruit melding together. Lots of complex, aromatic stuff going on. Lots of enjoyment coming from my consumption of this bottle.

By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
When Joe opened these wines for us I was simply amazed at the life left in them. There is still vibrancy here, dusty red fruits with spice and soft wood tones. The palate is still long and intriguing with no sense of decay. Perfectly mature Rioja, and an exceptional buy for a wine of such grace and complexity.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/19/2013 | Send Email
How do I build upon the flowery prose I already entered on this one? Berberana was known back in the day for the quality of their wines - we're talking pre 1970's vineyard expansion and grubbing of older vines for more productive clones. This wine is a testament to that reputation. Of all the older wines we recently opened, several of us agreed that this might have been most complete and elegant, with such terrific poise, balance and persistence. Simply amazing mature Rioja - one could not hope for much better in 40 year old wine!

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2013 | Send Email
The 1973 Berberana Reserva Rioja has arrived at a moment of complete integration, and is one of the most seamless, ethereal wines that I have had the pleasure of trying. The bouquet conveys a sense of roundness with savory perfume and dark fruit aromas. In the mouth the wine has resolved its tannins and has a velvety, mature texture that few wines ever achieve. The finish is cool and persistent, and I hope to have this wine again with some of the best lamb chops that I can find!

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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.