1964 Bodegas Bilbainas "Viña Pomal" Reserva Especial Rioja

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Bodegas Bilbainas is one of the classic, centenarian bodegas in Rioja. They are based in Haro, as are other iconic bodegas such as Muga, La Rioja Alta, Cune, Lopez de Heredia. In fact, their Viña Pomal is one of the oldest continously produced, single vineyard Riojas on the market. The vineyard is located very close to the famous Tondonia vineyard. It's clearly an amazing site, as this is a wine that, in younger vintages but especially in older ones, rarely fails to impress. Typically it shows purple and black skinned fruits, a marked floral quality and loads of fresh acidity which allow for excellent ageing potential. And in a candidate for vintage of the century such as 1964, their wines are a rare treat to be sure! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/27/2013 | Send Email
One of the top three red wines I have ever had includes this 1964 Viña Pomal Reserva Especial. It is a gorgeous wine, intense with vibrant berry and darker skinned fruits as well as lovely floral notes, not merely "alive and well" but revved up and absolutely hitting on all cylinders. It has the elegance, myriad flavors, length and subtlety of mature, great grand cru Burgundy or top quality Barolo. Simply an awesome, memorable wine.

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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.