1998 Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja SKU #1070533

$54.99

WE 94 ST 93
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Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Monte Real shows the chalky terroir of Cenicero as expressed by Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graciano grapes. 24-30 months ageing in Amerian oak barrels is followed by another three years ageing in bottle.. It is all pure, focused red fruits, with some lovely earth and aromatic complexity as well. Drink now or hold for another 5 or so years.

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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    3/18/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    Based right in the middle of Rioja Alta, in the village of Cenicero, Bodegas Riojanas is one of the region's centenarian bodegas, a winery with a rich history that continues to uphold their high standards for traditionally made Gran Reserva wine. Monte Real has been made for decades, and is one of the winery's two flagship wines, produced from primarily Tempranillo grown in Cenicero. This is always a more intensely fruited counterpart to the earthier Viña Albina. The '98 is drinking terrifically now, arguably at its apex, though it should continue to provide pleasure for at least the next 5-7 years.

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