Rioja is Spain’s oldest and most important wine region. The first (and for a long time, only) to achieve the coveted “DOCa” status. Of the various quality levels, Reserva and Gran Reserva are the most elite. For Reserva wine, a minimum of 12 months aging in American & French oak is required (this wine had 18), as well as 24 months in bottle (this had 36). The nose is intense with musk and wood against a backdrop of red berries and earthiness. The palate is full, yet easy to drink with savory notes of licorice, spice, and chocolate. Decant this wine and let it open up!
VARIETY: 100% Tempranillo
REGION: Rioja Alta, Upper Ebro, Spain