2007 Bodegas Puelles Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1430938 91 points James Suckling

 There’s still a lot of life to this aging Gran Reserva. It shows dried cherries, dried raspberries, cedar, tobacco and spices. Round and resolved on the palate with a good, but not overbearing, drying effect to the tannins. Solid on the finish. Drink now.  (6/2019)

K&L Notes

A K&L Direct Import! 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. All of the grapes for his red wines come from his own 26 hectares, on chalky clay soil, all within the Rioja Alta village of Abalos. Felix, Jesús's older brother, handles the winemaking (as well as packing all our orders--gracias, Felix!). Utilizing a blend of roughly 50-50 French and American oak barrels, generally of 1-4 years of age for the Gran Reserva, this is a juicy, brightly fruited Gran Reserva, even at 12 years of age, though it shows the hints of spice and leathery savor we love in classic, well-made Rioja. Fresh, focused, and generously fruited, yet ultimately textbook Rioja, this is what we have come to expect from Casa Puelles and why these continue to be among our most popular Spanish wines.


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By: Sean Reilly | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
Folks, I'm not one for a plethora of adjectives to describe a wine. You dig it or you don't. This is a TREMENDOUS wine. American oak aplenty. My goodness, a 2007 for $21 bucks??? Get with it.
Drink from 2019 to 2027

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2019 | Send Email
This wine does everything that you want a Gran Reserva to do, and because it is from our friends at Puelles it is a fantastic bargain. The nose tells it all; it is deep, rich with that perfect combination of berry and oak spice. There is a warmth (note not alcoholic) think warm room after being outside in the cold warmth, warmth like winter holiday warmth. It is just spicy, rich and inviting. The wine in has that “settled in” feeling, everything is just where it needs to be, fruit, oak, soft tannins, spice and a very fine earthy note. This delivers complexity but does not want you to admire it, it wants to liven up the occasion. This is a great follow up to the terrific 2005 vintage.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/6/2019 | Send Email
This store's value Rioja selection seems to go from strength to strength, and this is another exceptional option for your "tapas night in." More fun and fruity than most Riojas of its age, it's loaded with red fruit and tight floral notes, with just a touch of the earthy spice you usually find in this section. Medium bodied, this is a great pairing for the classics like paella and patatas bravas.

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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