1985 Viña Real Reserva Rioja

SKU #1140152

Viņa Real is owned by Cune, one of the big names in Rioja whose best wines are benchmarks of the region. While Cune is based in Haro, their sister brand Viņa Real is located between Logroņo and Laguardia in Rioja Alavesa, which is where most of the fruit is sourced. These wines are always a bit more high toned, fruit-driven and Burgundian in style, especially when made in a lovely, higher acid vintage such as 1985. Fans of older Rioja, as well as of those who enjoy older vintage wines, should absolutely give this wine a try. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/5/2013  | Send Email
I really enjoyed the elegance of this wine. The nose displays an amazing bouquet of baked red fruit, earthy savor, cocoa, wood and light spice. After an hour it unveiled its underlying sweet fruit, and an almost iron-like minerality that lends persistence on the palate. Thought mature, this wine has maintained lively acidity, making it the perfect complement to a very special meal!

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/4/2013  | Send Email
My first older Viña Real experience was at Kaia Kaipe, an excellent restaurant (one of bizillions!) outside of San Sebastián. The maitre d'/sommelier, Igor, suggested a bottle of the '87 Viña Real Reserva to go alongside our '87 Muga Prado Enea. Both were tasty, but the humbler Viña Real was easily the better wine of the two; it was absolutely singing! The '85 Viña Real is also delicious. Aromatically one finds sous bois, cocoa powder, dried mushrooms and earthy notes on the bass end with some bright, lively red fruits and spices on the high end. On the palate, there is red bery confit, hints of baked brown sugar, and moderately high acid which will really provide a perfect foil to the right food. Beautiful, impeccably balanced, fully mature Rioja to drink now with leg of lamb or a nicely grilled Ribeye served Basque Asador style, with crisp fried potatoes and soft, roasted piquillo peppers on the side.

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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 (%): 12.5