2007 Bodegas Puelles Crianza Rioja

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Another brand new Rioja direct import! Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño in his little slice of land in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos. Most of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 20 hectares, which are north facing and located at 600 meters in altitude, affording the visitor with one of the most dramatically beautiful views of Rioja's main mountain ranges: the Sierra Cantabria mountains immediately to the north and the Sierra de la Demanda mountains to the south. Produced from primarily estate fruit (Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano), this is a lovely Crianza that beautifully shows the elegance of the vintage. Mixed berries and a hint of earthy savor on the nose lead to a palate showing delicious fruit of terrific cut and purity. The wine was aged in used French and American oak barrels (roughly 50% each), racked twice, and lightly filtered prior to being bottled and undergoing additional aging at the winery. This is a textbook Crianza, with loads of style and a lot to offer for the price. (Joe Manekin, K&L Wine Merchants, Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Kirk Walker |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/29/2011  | Send Email
Great new DI for K & L. This is just what I want in a Rioja Crianza. Bright fruit, spicy and with a savory finish.

By: Illya Haase |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/3/2011  | Send Email
I love food wines! This Crianza works so well with spicy food, BBQ, any white meats! I also like the fact that it is true to its Rioja terroir. These guys are making some GREAT wine.

By: Kyle Kurani |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/31/2011  | Send Email
A very pretty expression of how elegant and pretty Rioja can be. Elegant yes but not lacking in fruit or palate weight, the Puelles brings anise and perfectly ripe red frui with beautiful spice and mouth feel.

By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/5/2011  | Send Email
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This has to be one of finest Riojas that I have ever had the privilege of tasting and our Spanish Wine Buyer, Joe Manekin not only agrees, but goes bonkers over this wine just as well. This is a classic Rioja, deeply flavored, rich, broad, and incredibly complex. Pronounced aromas of anise and cassis, the mouth explodes with rich fruit, balanced flavors, and a long, lushest finish. Anderson has deemed this Gem as one of our house reds for the month, which is an easy decision. 13.8% ABV (Jim Barr)
Drink from 2011 to 2020

 By: Michael Sojka |  Review Date: 6/3/2012 
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I thought this wine stood up to my lamb loin chops with a parsley/mint/cilantro charmoula just fine. Peppery, lots of structure, nice fruit and very smooth after about an hour of air. Great now and should last another 5 years easy.
Drink from 2012 to 2017

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja