2007 Antaño Reserva Rioja
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Better is the 2007 Antano Reserva, based on 90% Tempranillo aged for 24 months in barrel. It has an attractive bouquet of blackberry, spice and cooked meat with impressive lift and vivacity. The palate is well-balanced, with seamlessly integrated oak that allows the terroir to come through. Nicely balanced with a gentle, understated finish, this is a fine, traditional, understated Rioja Reserva. Drink now-2017. Marques de Carrion produces classic Rioja wines from their winery based in Labastida. The fruit is sourced from old vines in 'La Sonsierrra' and matured in both American and French oak. Both wines represent excellent value.
Antaņo is the label produced by Carrion, one of the more popular brands of Rioja in Spain. Leave it to the Spaniards, where Rioja commands a strong share of the local market, to figure out the best values in Rioja! Here we have a Reserva for a mere $9.99. It is made in robust quantites, but from a typical blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano, with lots of the fruit coming from Briones (this is the village where our own Miguel Merino has his vineyards). In the slightly cooler 2007 vintage, this wine shows lovely balance of fruit and savor, with a palate of dark cherry fruit intermingling with braised meat and hints of cocoa powder. Here we have a great example of both traditional style Rioja. as well as Spain's prowess at making wonderful wines in plentiful quantities. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer).