2008 Bodegas Puelles Rioja Reserva

SKU #1297739 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I was really taken by the 2008 Reserva, which is a subtle, serious and somehow closed red with insinuating aromas and very good integration of the oak. The palate might also be a little shy and austere, but it feels very balanced with great freshness, fine tannins and a polished texture. This is great value. 10,000 bottles produced and filled in the summer of 2011, so the wine has had enough time in bottle to be ready by now. (LG)  (8/2016)

K&L Notes

Jesús Puelles is one of the most talented vignerons in Rioja. Hailing from a long line of vineyard worker/owners, Puelles knows the terruño in his little slice of land in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos. Nearly all of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 26 hectares, which are generally north facing and located between 300 and 600 meters in altitude, and all within the village of Abalos. This is very rare in a region where sourcing from various villages, and even sub-zones, is more the norm. The 2008 vintage was a fresh one in Rioja, with marked Atlantic climactic influence and wines that show a great balance between generous fruit and bright acidity--it's a vintage that perfectly highlights the Puelles style, creating a Reserva that is delicious now and should improve in the cellar for at least another several years.

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By: Christina Stanley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/21/2017 | Send Email
This is an exceptional Rioja and an amazing value. Bodegas Puelles is known for their purity of ripe, juicy fruit, and the Reserva is just restrained enough to maintain balance of acidity, and is never over oaked. With nine years of aging, this wine is beautifully softened and ready to drink.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/22/2017 | Send Email
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I believe that of all the Reservas that our Spanish winebuyer, Joe Manekin, has brought in directly from Bodegas Puelles, this 2008 may be their finest and best production to date. And that evaluation is nothing to sneeze at, for the previous vintages have been outstanding to exceptional. Medium-deep ruby in color with youthful reddish edges, the opulent, highly perfumed nose is loaded with blackberry to plumy to vanillan to anise to cedary set of overtones that are completely uniformed and complementary to each quality. Carrying over wonderfully to a broad, rich, viscous, elegant, and pure, yet totally balanced, complex palate impression at entry to finish, this is an amazing Rioja Gem with layers of flavor and a presentation that says “You can drink me now, but I will get better with more aging!” I have brought several cases of this Gem home at Rusty’s urgent demands for consumption over the next ten to fifteen-plus years, and he honestly thinks that you need to seriously do the same. AN EXCEPTIONAL NEAR-TERM/LONG-TERM VALUE. ENJOY! …..A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT….. ***** 14.0% ABV *****
Drink from 2017 to 2030

By: Greg St. Clair | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/7/2017 | Send Email
I think this is my favorite wine from all of the different Puelles we have carried. I've always like the classic feel and flavors but this wine seems more complete, it has more mid-palate fruit to go along with that savory entry. My one issue with Rioja has always been American oak but in this wine it is so well integrated it isn't even noticed. Extraordinary balance, length coupled with superb weight and a long, vibrant and lifting finish.
Drink from 2017 to 2027

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/3/2017 | Send Email
There is no under $20 Rioja in our stock that tows as fine a line between balanced fruit expression and savoriness, modernism and classicism, all while using 100% estate grown, mature vine fruit from the single Rioja Alta village of Abalos. 2008 was a relatively cooler vintage in Rioja Alta, one that allows the tannin structure and balanced acidity to shine. That said, Puelles' Reserva does have a consistent stylistic stamp that shines year after year: focused cherry fruit, a bit dusty perhaps, with well formed, rounded tannins and a gently earthy savor that makes this such an ideal wine at table: Tuesday night with a garlicky lentil stew, good bread and Manchego, or Saturday night with lamb loin chops. Puelles is undoubtedly one of our favorites - not simply because we know and love the family and import the wines, but because the wines are delicious and are wonderfully evocative Riojas.

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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.