2007 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva

SKU #1170794 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2007 Reserva showed a strong reduction when uncorked and should benefit from decanting in advance. Pure Tempranillo, it matured in barrels for 20 months. The nose, after the reduction has blown off, is quite classical but clean showing roasted aromas and hints of dark spices, balsam and perhaps leather. The palate is quite lively, with good, refreshing acidity and fully resolved tannins. (LG)  (4/2015)

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, and all within the village of Abalos. This is very rare in a region where sourcing from various villages, and even sub-zones, is more the norm. 2007 was a fresh vintage in Rioja, with marked Atlantic climactic influence and wines that show a great balance between generous fruit and bright acidity--it's a vintage that perfectly highlights the Puelles style, creating a Reserva that is delicious now and should improve in the cellar for at least another several years.

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By: Ralph Sands | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/2/2015 | Send Email
Wow...this is flat out a lovely bottle of wine which has developed beautifully and is in a delicious place right now after 8 years. Soft, sweet fruit with hints of cherries, black licorice, earth and herbs. The tannins have softened and are now in complete harmony reflecting perfect balance. Very impressive and great tasting wine for $20.00...

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
The Reserva comes from all estate fruit, with some older vines coming into play. Aromatically, the wine is more complex, with savory dark fruits and a hint of earth. There is a lovely initial hit of fruit on the palate, but with very good presence and consistent length, as well as the juicy purity of Puelles' fruit, a stylistic purity which makes these wines so crowd and food friendly. For under $20 it's hard to find Rioja with more succulent and delicious fruit than Puelles.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/29/2015 | Send Email
What has become some of my two favorite Rioja producers are Bodegas Puelles and the productions from the fabulous house of Bodegas Casa Juan Senor de Lesmos, which are DIs for us. This 2007 traditional style Rioja offers a lush and fresh presentation, with incredible balance and structure, a long and complex finish. This Gem drinks nicely now, but will age another ten-plus years. Rusty wants at least two cases of this Gem in our wine room for future drinking. ***** 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2015 to 2025

By: Christie Brunick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
Drinking beautifully now and is extremely supple with polished tannins and a pure expression of fruit. Lots of violets, purple and blue fruit, with a touch of savory earth and tobacco on the finish. Absolutely perfect with tapas and easy enough to sip on its own. A great Rioja to introduce friends to as well.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/25/2015 | Send Email
It is almost too easy to overlook this wine when we have the 1999 Gran Reserva on the shelf at the same time. That would be a huge mistake. This wine offer a freshness and power that the other does not have. While the red and dark fruits of the wine are starting to dry, there is still freshness that gives it some pop. It also posses the classic leather and spice of Rioja. Drink it now or hold for a while, this is another great deal from Bodegas Puelles.

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
This bright little gem of a rioja has dark red fruits with touches of cedar and blood orange. It still does retain some of the characteristics of the region, light saddle leather notes with fine spices and a good balance of acidity. An excellent price makes it even more attractive!

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/16/2015 | Send Email
Great vintage for Puelles! Crisp acidity, bright, red fruits, and good tannin. Opened this the other day and was impressed with it's development, though I think this wine has the structure to age well over the next five years. I would love to try this with Paella!

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/17/2015 | Send Email
This is one of the world’s only regions that ages wine FOR you, ensuring its quality upon release. This traditional technique means current releases can sometimes be 7-8 years old (such as this one) or more, and it shows in the vivid flavors. Dried red fruit, tea leaves, licorice, tobacco, soft acidity and persistent tannin make this ideal with lamb shank, Spanish sausages, or pork medallions!

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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.
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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