2009 Viña Eguía Reserva Rioja

SKU #1147765 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Vina Eguia Reserva is quite similar to its Crianza sibling from 2010, a little more powerful but not necessarily better, with perhaps a more developed bouquet showing some Mediterranean herbs, dark ripe cherries and black pepper. The palate is crisp, with good acidity and length. (LG)  (12/2013)

Wine Spectator

 There's good density to the black cherry, leafy and spicy flavors in this balanced red, remaining lively, even delicate, with racy, citrusy acidity, supple tannins and a floral finish.  (3/2014)

K&L Notes

Viña Eguía Reserva is harvested from more than thirty year-old vines in Alavesa and spends two years aging in American oak. The K&L staff has consistently loved this wine and at fifteen bucks the 2009 represents incredible value for classically-styled reserva Rioja.

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/28/2015 | Send Email
I am sometimes baffled by the quality to price ratio found in Rioja. Wineries like Vina Eguia observe the painstaking, traditional techniques of the region and yet still find a way to sell their wines for bargain prices. The Reserva is no exception, sporting a developed palate of spicy red berries, tomato, subtle licorice, and a ribbon of vanilla carrying through to the finish. After several years of aging at the winery, this one is raring and ready to go. A great pairing choice with pork medallions, rack of lamb, or paella.

Staff Image By: Jacques Moreira | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/13/2015 | Send Email
One of the nicest surprises this year. A nice, spicy and quite affordable Rioja. Dark berries and vanilla supported by a nice structure. Quite delicious.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2015 | Send Email
Vina Equia carries that light spicy fruit flavor, and traces of berries and wood, that make this a prime example of a classic Rioja. With two years in American oak, the wine imparts structure and balance. The mid-palate is host to plenty of rich cherry and delicate strawberry notes and then finishes with a dry vanilla-like oaky pull. For $15 bucks, this is a bargain not to be missed. Pick it up for your next tapas and paella party you won't be disappointed. Ole.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/26/2015 | Send Email
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This surprisingly weighty release has gobs of black cherries and red plums with herbs and cedar. It also has nice, spicy undertones of pepper and minerals. Wonderful floral nose of crushed violets. A great value, as well!
Top Value!

Staff Image By: Mike Parres | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2014 | Send Email
There is plenty of fruit, good acidity, soft tannin structure, some minerality and a lengthy finish. The combination of blue/dark fruit and the black cherry comes from the Tempranillo. I also find some tar and roses on the lengthy finish.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5