2012 Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Reserva Rioja

SKU #1390862 97 points Decanter

 Platinum medal in the Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Rounded and layered aromas of dried fruits, red cherry, smoke and coconut. Well polished and presented with red fruit and plum flavours sluicing through the palate. It is, simply, a beautiful wine with the X-factor.  (9/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 18 months in French oak. More meaty on the nose – makes me think of roast duck and cranberry sauce. Vibrant red-fruited tang at the heart, radiating out on broad-shouldered but attractively sculptured tannins. This is fabulous. Fresh, grippy, authentic. Great balance. Pencil lead and finesse and refreshment. (TC)  (11/2018)

K&L Notes

Based in the Rioja Alta town of Fuenmayor, Bodegas Altanza has been steadily working on their range of Rioja wines, though their focus from inception has always been on their Reserva bottlings. The wines are 100% Tempranillo, a large portion of which comes from their own estate vineyards, and they are always fermented with indigenous yeasts, patiently aged in French oak barrels and then in bottle prior to release.

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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/27/2019 | Send Email
A great wine, at this or any price point. The red dried fruit on the nose gives way nicely to the light BBQ tones and fresh raspberry on the palate. Delicate body and great acidity make for a great drink now, for food or on its own.

By: Stephen Allison | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/20/2018 | Send Email
The nose is greeted with savory seasoned meat, cracked pepper, dried rose petal, cedar, fresh pomegranate and cherry juice, and touches of game. Impeccably balanced on the palate; acidity, alcohol, tannin and length of finish all feel harmonious and well integrated. If anything stands structurally, it's the generous intensity of flavor, which leans more on the fruit-forward side on the palate than it does on the nose. Not too tannic for leaner meats, nor is it too heavy for poultry, nor too plain to enjoy on its own. Easy recommendation especially at this price.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/11/2018 | Send Email
We have stocked Lealtanza's wine in the past, and have found the quality to be high, so it's perhaps not a surprise that this wine was the only platinum medal winner in this Fall's Decanter Asia Wine Awards. Produced from 100% Tempranillo, the fruit in this wine is lovely: primarily red, with a combination of fresh and dried fruit profiles on the nose, made more complex by the sort of savory, meaty notes which Rioja invariably picks up after some time in bottle. With its relatively lighter weight tannins and fresh palate profile, this is a Reserva for drinking now and over the next several years.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14