2004 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1229632 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Gran Reserva leans more towards the black fruit, with some notes of leather, ink and spices. It is a full-bodied wine, with perfumed flavors, meaty, whose tannins are still there and will require some powerful food. A young and powerful Gran Reserva. (LG)  (12/2013)

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Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/24/2017 | Send Email
We’re at the happy point in this wine’s trajectory: it has hit its proper altitude, plateau-ed, and is just cruisin’. The maturity shows in the salty, meaty, saddle-leather and soy sauce flavors. There is bright fruit in there, too, but it doesn’t hold forth loudly, and the wine is dry, spicy, with the tannins and oak influence well integrated into the overall structure. The Puelles Gran Riserva has been a customer favorite for a while now, and if you haven’t assayed a bottle yet, it definitely merits a look!

Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/5/2017 | Send Email
Even as it is now, going on almost 13 years since it was harvested, the 2004 Gran Reserva from Puelles, a favorite direct import of ours, is still structured and rather muscular. 2004 was a vintage of excellent quality, and the folks at Puelles crafted a more structured, muscular style that will hold up to cellar time, but is showing an abundance of complexity right now. The dark, plummy fruits are starting to be eclipsed by more earthy components like fennel, tobacco, and mushroom. Baking spices along with refreshing acidity close out the palate with depth and grace. At $20 this is an exceedingly special value.

Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/10/2016 | Send Email
This is the deal of the year from Spain and I fully expect inventory to dwindle pretty quickly. I have never seen a Gran Reserva with over 10 years of bottle age for under $30, much less $20. It is absolutely singing right now! Blue and blackberry fruit with subtle, savory notes of mushroom and espresso and just a tiny hint of menthol. The structure is such that the wine is still fresh and textured and has a crisp finish that seems to go on and on. If we run out of stock before you get to try it, I’m partly to blame as this is my new house red.

Staff Image By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
This wine continues to evolve beautifully, with further elements coming to light and showing an even more complex and intriguing character from when we first introduced it to K&L. In a vintage like the highly-regarded 2004, the potential of a small, boutique winery such as Bodegas Puelles, whose quality and care is everything in this Gran Reserva, is inestimable. I can hardly believe we can continue to sell this wine at such a low price point, but it is certainly one of the great bargains of the year here.

Staff Image By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/29/2016 | Send Email
Our direct import producer, Bodegas Puelles, keeps serving up unbelievable value in Rioja! This dark, full-bodied red provides plenty of dark fruit, spice, and balsamic on the nose. The palate opens a bit lighter, with dried cherry doing the driving before stewed dark berries take the wheel. There are indications of secondary development in tobacco and spice notes. The finish is long and crisp with classic, tangy Rioja acidity. This wine is drinking very well right now!

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
A new release of Gran Reserva, from the producer of one of our most popular $20 wines in the history of K&L! For those of you who love the 1999, this 2004 is a better wine, but also more youthful. Beautiful fruit, framed by balanced tannin and crisp acidity, this 11 year-old is just beginning to show its stuff. Delicious now for its fruit purity and balance, it should continue to age gracefully and slowly head in a more savory direction beginning in five or so years from now.

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- 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.


- 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.