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  • Wine Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa 1998

Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja DOCa 1998

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94 Points John Gilman

Cherry red with with brick-red tones. Good color depth, clean and bright. Rich aromas that are released into the cup until it reaches its fullness and subtlety. Well evolved overlapping wood tones with subtle aromas of fresh fruit. The palate is harmonious, fine, elegant and velvety, fresh, fruity taste and great persistence.

One of the grand old names of Rioja, Riojanas has produced heroic wines since its founding in 1890. Such continuity was assured not only by the enduring commitment of the owning Artacho family but the fact that, until Felipe Nalda’s retirement in 2013, Riojanas’ winemaker had been with the bodega for 49 years (since the great 1964 vintage).

Under Felipe’s guiding hand, it remained one of the few remaining houses committed to the traditional methods that gave us one of the world's most distinctive and long-lived styles of wine.

Riojanas’ classic winemaking and fabulous quality are exemplified by the opulent Monte Real and beautifully refined Viña Albina Gran Reservas. These cuvées place Riojanas squarely in the traditional Rioja elite, yet it has always stood apart from its peers.

old / red / rioja / spain / tempranillo