2014 Bodegas Abanico Hazaña Viñas Viejas Rioja

SKU #1240989 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Hazana Vinas Viejas is simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy. A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, this collaboration between importer Eric Solomon and the owner and winemaker has produced an absolutely amazing Rioja from 45- to 70-year-old unirrigated, head-pruned vines. Loads of lead pencil shavings, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf all jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple wine. Soft tannins, medium to full body and fabulous intensity, make for a sensational Rioja to drink over the next 5-7 years. If the good news. The good news, in addition to a drop-dead price point is that there are 20,000 cases imported to the U.S. (RP)  (7/2015)

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By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Fresh nose with black fruit and dark cherry throughout the palate, there’s some leather and tobacco spice here but overall this is an accessible, easy going Rioja with good acid at a bargain price.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
This is incredibly well composed, regardless of the price-point. Coming in at under $11 is just a (huge) bonus! Very clean and polished, bright red fruit and snappy acidity last through a 20-30 second finish dusted by light, fine grain tannins. Perhaps on the modern side for Rioja, but only in the fact that it is seamlessly constructed and lacks the old-school earthy component. Enjoyable now as a pop and pour at this young age, it also has all the structure in place to evolve over the next 3 to 6 years.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Light-medium bodied, this is well on the fresher side of Rioja, being driven by low key, natural, red fruits. Modest tannins mean this trades more on its acidity, with which it is, happily, well supplied. Those looking for the more balsamic, oak influenced side of Rioja must seek elsewhere! If, however, what you’re after is an easygoing, inexpensive, Tuesday night bottle, this is a terrific choice.

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Super easy drinking, everyday Rioja. Definitely on the juicier side of Rioja, this wine opens with dense fruit and hints of sweet tobacco and pencil lead. Very soft tannins and light acid make this wine soft and smooth with a pleasant finish. This wine make a great party wine that will go with food or by itself.

By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/9/2016 | Send Email
Deep, dark-fruited aromas with a smokey note greet the nose. On the palate the wine shows soft black plum and wild game with well-integrated tannins, and good integrity of structure. All too easy-drinking, this wine will have you reaching for more. Definitely a great buy--I would recommend getting a case of this for a great everyday Rioja!

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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.
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 (%): 14