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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By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/21/2016 | Send Email
The elusive under-$30 Gran Riserva Rioja wouldn’t be possible but for our direct import program! This wonderful expression of Tempranillo was made exclusively from estate fruit, aged for two years on both French and American oak, then another ten years in the bottle. It is absolutely singing right now! Its solid tannic structure has been fined by age; blackberries, currants and blueberries blend seamlessly with the oak and lead to a long finish that lingers pleasantly. This is definitely a top value!​

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!

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.