1970 CVNE "Viña Real" Gran Reserva Rioja (5cm fills, bin soiled labels)

SKU #1355304 94 points John Gilman

 The 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva is a beautiful bottle of Rioja that has still not reached its apogee of peak maturity- even at age forty-four! The excellent nose still has more development to come with further bottle age, but offers up a pure and still fairly primary blend of cassis, dark berries, cigar smoke, nutskin, just a whisper of barnyard, Rioja spice tones and a beautiful base of dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with tangy acids, still a bit of backend tannin and outstanding focus and grip on the long, complex and perfectly balanced finish. This is an outstanding vintage of Viña Real Gran Reserva, but I would be tempted to give this still a few more years of bottle age before having at it in earnest, as this wine is still climbing! Fine, fine juice.  (11/2014)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1970s saw major changes in Rioja: the first "modern" wines were produced by Marqués de Cáceres, Remelluri and Contino, and the aging time in wood for wines was shortened in general. Until then, six years in barrique was the norm (almost the minimum) for reds, and this time was shortened during the 1970s and 1980s until the approximate two years of today. The breakdown by variety was about 40% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha and 20% of the rest, mainly Mazuelo and Graciano. 1970 was a very famous vintage in Rioja, the one that provoked the extension of the vineyards...This was a very ripe vintage, and the wine seems to be aging faster than other vintages, with a little sweet fruit, ripe and fully resolved. The 1970 Viña Real Gran Reserva was bottled in February 1975. There was a bit of discussion about this wine, as it was one of the most anticipated vintages. At this age, of course, there are no more great vintages, but great bottles. The wine is definitely polished and fully resolved, in fact I think it might be slowly fading out. Notes of iodine, leather and brick dust and a soft palate reveal a wine that is complex and balanced. (LG)  (4/2015)

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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