1982 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva

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Bodegas Riojanas is one of the classic centenarian bodegas in Rioja, based in the Rioja Alta town of Cenicero. Monte Real is 100% Tempranillo from Cenicero vineyards. Per Rioja tradition, it was aged for at least 24 to 30 months in American oak, followed by an additional year (minimum) aging in bottle prior to being released. Historically a very long-lived wine, the Monte Real Reserva from a classic vintage such as 1982 (this was every bit as memorable a vintage in Rioja as it was four hours' drive north of here in Bordeaux) offers the connoisseur classic mature Rioja notes of dried fruits and earthy savour in full maturity. For lovers of old Bordeaux or Burgundy...or perhaps those lovers who can't decide between the two!

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/26/2013 | Send Email
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There is something in the molecular structure of the Tempranillo grape that lets them age forever. Tannin in Rioja is never too powerful, acidity is never too high, but these wines have the potential to age gracefully for many decades. This release of the monte real is testament to the aging capability of Tempranillo. It is an older wine, and shows all the earth, wet vanilla, and gamey character you'd expect, but its elegance and integrated complexity are beautiful, showing better than many Cabernets and Bordeaux with similar age.
Drink from 2014 to 2018

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/7/2013 | Send Email
The brick colored 1982 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Reserva impressed me with its woodsy, red cherry tempranillo bouquet and purity on the palate. This is fabulous mature wine for graduates of aged Rioja, as the tannins are completely resolved without sacrificing focus on the finish. This would be a very special bottle for a leg of lamb!

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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.