2005 Bodegas Riojanas Viña Albina Reserva Rioja

SKU #1107717

The 2005 Viņa Albina Reserva is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano sourced from the Bodegas Riojanas estate and four other select vineyards. Grapes were hand-harvested and the wine was aged for between 24-30 months in American oak before being bottled and aged for at least an additional year at the Bodega. From the winery: "Aromas of red fruit with hints of oak aging, nice red color with a tawny rim. Well structured in the mouth with good acidity and polished tannins, a well balanced wine. Excellent body and balance between tannins and acidity. Highly representative of classic Rioja Alta wines."

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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 Penčdes 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