1998 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Gran Reserva Rioja
Brandied cherry, light mineral notes and touch of rose petal are draped across the nose of this juicy, dry, elegant old-school Rioja. Subdued and mature in flavor, with earthy notes of cherry, plum and cocoa, this is a classy wine with a long finish. Drink now or cellar 2020–2025.
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Medium red. Captivating aromas of redcurrant, candied cherry, rhubarb, vanilla bean, cured tobacco, cedar, mocha and dried flowers. An elegant, suave midweight with wonderfully sweet, mellow red fruit flavors and an array of exotic spice accents. The supple, persistent finish features lingering cherry and red berry flavors.
Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Viña Albina consists of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano from Cenicero, Sonsierra and Villalba de Rioja, produced in select vintages.