2008 Viña Real Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1258780 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Gran Reserva is produced from 90-95% Tempranillo and the rest Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano fermented in inox. Malolactic fermentation is carried out in both French and American oak barrels where is aged for two years. During the aging process the wine is frequently racked, a natural way to make it clean and stable. The wine should be available in mid-2014, and it's still resting in bottle. It has a serious character, a bit savage, slightly reduced at the moment, with fresh fruit (both red and black), murky, spicy aromas (nutmeg) and hints of smoke. The tannins are very fine-grained, it's medium-bodied, with good acidity, very balanced, with great weight of fruit and a mineral finish. It has great intensity and harmony, and should age for a long time, resulting in one great classical wine. A great Gran Reserva that should please fans of both traditional and more modern wines at a very good price. Drink 2015-2028. (LG)  (12/2013)

92 points Vinous

 Vivid ruby-red. Lively and complex on the nose, displaying an array of red fruit and floral scents, along with suggestions of vanilla, cured tobacco and pungent herbs. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering tightly focused redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that flesh out and gain sweetness with air. Lingers with excellent tenacity, leaving notes of smoky minerals and candied cherry behind  (9/2014)

K&L Notes

95 points Tim Atkin: "Viña Real consistently over-delivers for me, showing (once again) the quality of the best Alavesa terroirs. Spicy, savoury and dense with mulberry and blackberry fruit, notable chalky freshness and remarkable palate length. Great value at around £30." (June 2015)

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Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2016 | Send Email
I absolutely LOVED this wine when we tasted it on May 24th. It has everything great that the traditional wines of Spain have to offer. Earthiness, tobacco, spices and savory notes. Fine tannins and fruit that starts out bright and then deepens mid-palate. Long finish with fresh minerals and bright red fruits. This is a classic and lovers of Tandonia and Bosconia should take note. This wine is simply too good to miss at this price!
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Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
A classic. No doubt about it, this Viña Real is a real charmer, a wine that is just beginning to show its beauty now (decant for at least 30 minutes) but that will easily improve another 12+ years. A wonderfully fragrant, complete nose marked by mixed berries, cherries in liqueur and delicate floral notes leads to a lively, pure, energetic palate. I love Viña Real when it is on its game, and rest assured that the 2008 vintage is absolutely that. At under $35 this is one of my current favorites in our inventory.

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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.