By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/4/2013 | Send Email
My first older Viña Real experience was at Kaia Kaipe, an excellent restaurant (one of bizillions!) outside of San Sebastián. The maitre d'/sommelier, Igor, suggested a bottle of the '87 Viña Real Reserva to go alongside our '87 Muga Prado Enea. Both were tasty, but the humbler Viña Real was easily the better wine of the two; it was absolutely singing! The '85 Viña Real is also delicious. Aromatically one finds sous bois, cocoa powder, dried mushrooms and earthy notes on the bass end with some bright, lively red fruits and spices on the high end. On the palate, there is red bery confit, hints of baked brown sugar, and moderately high acid which will really provide a perfect foil to the right food. Beautiful, impeccably balanced, fully mature Rioja to drink now with leg of lamb or a nicely grilled Ribeye served Basque Asador style, with crisp fried potatoes and soft, roasted piquillo peppers on the side.