2005 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva

SKU #1146221 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2005 Reserva is a blend of 94% Tempranillo and the mixture of others from around Abalos and it is aged for 24 months in French and American oak. It has a lifted nose of cranberry and small red cherries with subtle notes of cocoa and autumn leaves. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and it has a very natural, elegant finish that is long and pleasurable. This is a delightful Reserva. Drink now-2020.  (8/2012)

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Staff Image By: Mike Barber | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/20/2014 | Send Email
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The wines of this Abalos producer are of staggering quality for the price. This reserva is full of plum and pepper spice with a decadent red fruit core that's been rounded out with its extra age. $20 for this exceptional bottle--worth every penny and then some.
Top Value! Drink from 2014 to 2021

Staff Image By: Jeff Garneau | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2013 | Send Email
One of our new direct imports from Spain, and one of our best values in a Reserva level Rioja. The Puelles wines sit comfortably astride the divide that separates “traditional” and “modern” wines. They are aged in a combination of French and American oak. One detects typical Tempranillo notes of red fruits and leather but with subtle tones of vanilla as well. The sweet cherry fruit has an almost candied quality, reflecting partly the winemaker’s style and partly the ripe, very accessible 2005 vintage. A delicious wine that will please both longtime fans of Rioja as well as newcomers to the region’s wines.

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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.