1949 Viña Real Rioja (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1280072

1949 was a good vintage in Rioja, though it is rare to see these wines in the US market. Prior to the 1980's, distinctions between bottles labeled Gran Reserva, Reserva or cosecha were less common than these days, where it is all strictly controlled by the consejo. This bottle is not labelled Reserva or Gran Reserva, meaning that it was not likely aged in wood quite as long as it otherwise would have been in this era (which is to say, for quite a long while!) That said, even non-designated wines such as these typically would spend at least 3-4 years in barrel and have the opportunity to age for incredibly long periods of time as well. (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 (%): 12