2001 Bodegas Las Orcas "Solar de Randez" Reserva Rioja (Previously $25)

SKU #1049887 91 points Wine Spectator

 Spice, cedar and tobacco notes mark this gracefully maturing red, but there's a core of cherry fruit that remains fresh and bright. The tannins are softening, but the wine has enough structure for food. Bright and balanced. Drink now through 2010.  (6/ 2008)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 (100% tempranillo) Amber-edged red. Cedary redcurrant and cherry aromas are complicated by tobacco and musky herbs; smells like a maturing Bordeaux. Sappy red berry and bitter cherry flavors are light in weight but pack impressive punch, with dusty tannins adding grip. Vanilla creep up on the finish, lending sweetness and lingering seductively behind. Fans of old-school Rioja ought to check this one out.  (8/ 2008)

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By: Chiara Shannon |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 10/4/2010  | Send Email
This concentrated and meaty Rioja really wowed us at our recent Friday night tasting with the importer, Brad Jensen. Made from 50 year old vines, the 01 Reserva is packed with black and red fruit, offering slight menthol and savory herb accents in the nose. The palate is medium + bodied, broad and complex, with layers of fruit and smokey spice. This is showing well right now and can evolve further in bottle toward greater complexity - one of those hard-to-find "now or later" cellar candidates that represents a remarkable value for the price.

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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 (%): 13.5