2004 Bodegas Puelles Reserva Rioja

SKU #1072533 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Reserva delivers Asian spices, leather, lavender, mineral notes, and blackberry liqueur. Very concentrated, layered, and plush (a common characteristic in the great 2004 vintage), it will continue blossoming for another 2-3 years and provide prime drinking from 2013 to 2024. (90+)  (4/ 2010)

Wine Spectator

 This aromatic wine exudes floral, tobacco and spice notes, which follow through on the palate, with plum, raisin and cedar flavors. Firm, light tannins and orange peel acidity give balance to this traditional red. Drink now through 2014.  (6/ 2012)

K&L Notes

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. Nearly all of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 26 hectares, which are generally north facing and located between 300 and 600 meters in altitude, all within the village of Abalos, very rare in a region where sourcing from various villages and even sub-zones is more the norm. Produced from estate grown Tempranillo, with a touch of Garnacha and Graciano, this Reserva shows more blackberry fruit aromas than the Crianza. Every bit as focused and pure tasting as the Crianza, this Reserva also ratchets up the fruit intensity as well as the minerality. While the wine is delicious now, it has a lot of structure (very typical for the terrific 2004 vintage) and should age nicely for years to come. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 7/18/2012  | Send Email
Whereas their lovely crianza shows lots of pretty red berry fruit, the reserva bottling from Puelles shows fruit of slightly deeper pitch and greater intensity, while still having a mouthwatering balance of juicy acidity and minerality from their chalky vineyard sites in Abalos. Wonderful for drinking now, this wine is built for the mid to long haul and should easily improve over the next decade.

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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.
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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.
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Rioja