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2014 Bodegas Abanico "Hazaña Viñas Viejas" Rioja

SKU #1238970 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2014 Hazana Vinas Viejas is simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy. A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, this collaboration between importer Eric Solomon and the owner and winemaker has produced an absolutely amazing Rioja from 45- to 70-year-old unirrigated, head-pruned vines. Loads of lead pencil shavings, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf all jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple wine. Soft tannins, medium to full body and fabulous intensity, make for a sensational Rioja to drink over the next 5-7 years. (RP) Inner quote mark (7/2015)

K&L Notes

Aromas of macerated cherries and plums also show some secondary savory notes with a subtle, complex, underlying damp soil component. Juicy, fresh fruit on the palate screams 2014 — a vintage where young and unoaked as well as minimally oaked wines like this should really shine.


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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/27/2016 | Send Email
Deep, dark-fruited aromas with a smokey note greet the nose. On the palate the wine shows soft black plum and wild game with well-integrated tannins, and good integrity of structure. All too easy-drinking, this wine will have you reaching for more. Definitely a great buy--I would recommend getting a case of this for a great everyday Rioja!

By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
Super easy drinking, everyday Rioja. Definitely on the juicier side of Rioja, this wine opens with dense fruit and hints of sweet tobacco and pencil lead. Very soft tannins and light acid make this wine soft and smooth with a pleasant finish. This wine make a great party wine that will go with food or by itself.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
This offering from Bodegas Abanico makes me smile. It is the type of wine that is bound to help remind people just how delicious Rioja can be, and the price is irresistible for a wine of this quality. This wine is clean, contains plenty of bright red fruit and a touch of spice, but finishes crisp and long. The tannin is well-integrated and ready to drink now. I strongly suggest you buy this one by the case before it's gone.

By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
Light-medium bodied, this is well on the fresher side of Rioja, being driven by low key, natural, red fruits. Modest tannins mean this trades more on its acidity, with which it is, happily, well supplied. Those looking for the more balsamic, oak influenced side of Rioja must seek elsewhere! If, however, what you’re after is an easygoing, inexpensive, Tuesday night bottle, this is a terrific choice.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/26/2016 | Send Email
This is incredibly well composed, regardless of the price-point. Coming in at under $11 is just a (huge) bonus! Very clean and polished, bright red fruit and snappy acidity last through a 20-30 second finish dusted by light, fine grain tannins. Perhaps on the modern side for Rioja, but only in the fact that it is seamlessly constructed and lacks the old-school earthy component. Enjoyable now as a pop and pour at this young age, it also has all the structure in place to evolve over the next 3 to 6 years.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/21/2016 | Send Email
Fresh nose with black fruit and dark cherry throughout the palate, there’s some leather and tobacco spice here but overall this is an accessible, easy going Rioja with good acid at a bargain price.

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