2007 Viña Eguía Reserva Rioja (Elsewhere $20)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2007 Vina Eguia Reserva is picked from 30-year-old vines in Alavesa and sees 24 months in American oak. It has an attractive, very aromatic bouquet with dried herbs, leather, fennel and a touch of peppermint that is natural and very pure. The palate is very well-balanced with supple tannins, crisp acidity and a refined, mocha-tinged finish that is focused and persistent. This is another superbly crafted Rioja from Eguia. I was immensely impressed by the two wines that I tasted from Bodegas Eguia, located in the Alavesa sub-region in the village of Elciego. The company was founded in 1982 by Julian Murua, who resurrected his fathers winery, which had been established in the 1920s. They both represent outstanding value.
*#18 on The Enthusiast 100 of 2011* A sensational deal can be had with this wine, which opens with crusty berry aromas before shifting to cola, lemon peel and licorice. Tight and structured on the palate, with cherry, plum, vanilla and spice flavors. Harmonious and smooth; integrated and just rich enough. Drink now through 2013.