2005 Bodegas Bilbainas Viña Pomal Reserva Rioja

SKU #1084698

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Sep/Oct 10: "($24; 100% tempranillo) Bright red. High-pitched red berry and floral aromas, with notes of vanilla and baking spices adding complexity. A silky, understated midweight that offers sweet cherry-vanilla and rose pastille flavors and no rough edges. This seductive wine finishes with very good clarity and a touch of vanillin sweetness. It's balanced to age but is drinking well now." Undoubtedly an underrated, traditional Rioja, Viña Pomal is a bottling which has been made for 100 years. It comes from a single vineyard in Haro (in fact, the vineyard borders Lopez de Heredia's Viña Tondonia). Composed of 100% tempranillo, this classically styled Rioja is aged for 18 months in American oak followed by additional time in bottle. 2004 and 2005 were two very good consecutive vintages for Viña Pomal. The '05 shows a bit more heft and richness, but still with the fruit purity, spicy/savory intrigue and balanced acidity that would make this a delicious wine at table now and over the mid to long haul. Don't let the modest price fool you - this wine ages wonderfully!

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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

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5