2010 Viña Real Reserva Rioja
A rich and round red with lots of dried fruits such as cherries and strawberries. Full with velvety tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Broad shouldered and dynamic plus flamboyant fruit. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Going one step up in the quality ladder, the Viña Real 2010 Reserva plays with the advantage of being cropped from a quite balanced, fresh vintage, a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from Rioja Alavesa fermented in stainless steel and matured in barrel for 22 months, during which time it was racked every four months. This wine has all the classical aromas of an old time Rioja, cherries, vanilla, some coconut, dill, leather, cured meat, incense, old furniture and cold bonfire. The palate is medium-bodied and very balanced with great acidity and fine tannins that make it easy to drink. Pop or keep. It has good freshness, and with time in the glass it develops beautiful aromas of orange peel that transmit very good freshness. (LG)
(90% Tempranillo, with equal parts Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano): Deep ruby. Intensely perfumed aromas of black raspberry, cherry pit, vanilla and dried flowers. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant red and dark berry flavors and a hint of bitter chocolate. The floral quality comes back strong on the very long, smoke-tinged finish, which features a suave spicecake quality and even tannins. (JR)
Wine & Spirits
Classical Rioja, like this subtle and racy reserva, makes me smile. It’s a wine with scents of offal and cranberries, blood and blood oranges. Sure, it’s a little liqueur-like and so dry that it’s almost bitter. But that mild bitterness comes in tannins as open as cracked pink peppercorns, in a cool, zesty finish that carries the scent of freshly turned earth. Enjoy it with a skewer of grilled setas, or any local wild mushrooms.
Produced from more Rioja Alavesa fruit, and always bottled in the Burgundy shaped bottle, Viña Real is a Rioja that is perhaps more fruit forward, with a more lively and playful sense of structure than its sister Cune brand. That said, the wine has in the past proven to be a long-term cellar candidate; the 1987 Viña Real Reserva for example is one of the more memorable and enjoyable Riojas I have ever had the pleasure to drink! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)