2010 Marqués de Vargas Reserva Rioja

SKU #1237703 91 points Vinous

 Deep red. Oak-spiced aromas of ripe cherry and blackberry, with notes of vanilla and coconut building in the glass. Still showing a youthfully oaky character to the sweet dark fruit, mocha and vanilla flavors. Clings with very good smoky intensity and persistence, with dusty tannins adding shape. (JR)  (11/2015)

K&L Notes

This Logroño-based producer has a loyal following in Spain, particularly in the restaurant and pintxos scene in San Sebastián (this is often a good indicator of a quality Rioja!). Known for their strong, richly fruited style, Marques de Vargas makes wine with a certain extraction and weight that toes the line between old-time goodness and current trends in Rioja. It retains an oak-derived spiciness that reminds us of the region's taste for wine aged in a well-made barrel. To that point, Marques de Vargas has been innovative in the trial and adoption of barrels made from oak hailing from places other than France and the United States; in particular they use a large number of barrels from Russian forests. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14