2010 Viña Real Reserva Rioja

SKU #1256582 93 points James Suckling

 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.  (7/2015)

93 points 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)  (4/2015)

92 points Vinous

 (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)  (9/2014)

92 points 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.  (12/2015)

K&L Notes

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)

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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.
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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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14