2014 Bodegas Puelles Segundo Año Rioja SKU #1291968


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Tasting Notes

A K&L Direct Import! This is a new wine for us from the Bodegas Puelles stable. "Segundo año" means second year, and refers to the fact that it is released in the wine's second year following harvest. Prior to the more widespread usage of terms such as crianza, reserva and gran reserva, wineries would indicate the age of their wine by stating segundo, cuarto, quinto or whichever was the appropriate year. Not merely a quaint throwback, however, this segundo año is delicious, with bright, crisp fruit of excellent purity and a judicious amount of barrel ageing. 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 of vineyards on chalky clay soils, within the Rioja Alta village of Abalos.

Staff Reviews

  • Jeffrey Jones
    By: Jeffrey Jones
    K&L Staff Member
    This wine over-performs. It offers delicious nice soft fruit flavors that are balanced out with structure and acidity. It is a young wine that is dry but packed full of flavor. Medium-bodied and ready to drink now.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    Quite a value for only $11. Initial aromas of fruits such as cherry, plum, and prune. Accented with a bouquet of soft baking spices and vanilla. On the palate, this wine shows a really wonderful elevated acidity and balance to the ripeness of the fruit. Tannins are well-integrated additionally. Flavors of red cherry, blackberry, and strawberry along with leather and spice. Tasty and affordable, this is a fantastic choice for a red wine under $15.
  • Dulcinea Gonzalez
    By: Dulcinea Gonzalez
    K&L Staff Member
    Perfect party wine! Here you have a flirtatious, ripe, red fruited nose backed with generous fresh cherry flavor and a hint of oak spice. This is a luscious, value-driven sipper perfect for your next BBQ. Recommended!
  • Jim Barr
    By: Jim Barr
    K&L Staff Member
    An early release from one of our favorite Rioja producers, Bodegas Puelles, this delicious Gem is deeply colored, with a pure fruit bouquet that offers white pepper to black cherry to black olive scents with just a hint of slate-like minerality and cedar that accentuates its upfront tones. Broad, lush, deeply flavored, concentrated, and rich across the mouth, this Gem is still elegant and balanced to the finish, with a lovely complexity and focused presentation. Rusty has demanded that I bring home cases of this Gem for our enjoyment for the next five to ten years. AN AMAZING VALUE!!! >>>A K&L WINE MERCHANTS’ DIRECT IMPORT<<< ***** 13.0% ABV *****
    Drink from 2017 to 2025


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