2011 Los Autores "El Brujo" Reserva Rioja SKU #1326221

$19.99

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Tasting Notes

Los Autores is a new, specialty negociant label charged with finding some of the most exclusive, compelling, unusual and traditional bottlings of Rioja on the market. We are excited to bring these wines into the United States, with the help of our friend, partner, and long-time Rioja resident María Alvarez. Future editions of Los Autores will always be available in tiny quantities; in this case 2,520 bottles. For the inaugural bottling, the last wine ever made by Rioja legend Ezequiel "El Brujo" García, we have a timeless, traditionally styled, Reserva wine: primarily Rioja Alta fruit from long-time contracted mature vineyards in top sites, fermented in tank, racked into seasoned barrels generally 8-10 years of age, where the wine stays for 36 months prior to blending, a long rest in tank and then ageing in bottle. 82% Tempranillo, 8% Mazuelo, 8% Garnacha, 2% Viura. Think somewhere between La Rioja Alta "Viña Arana" and Lopez de Heredia "Viña Tondonia" in aromatic and palate profile, though released just a little bit younger.

Staff Reviews

  • Jacques Moreira
    By: Jacques Moreira
    7/2/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Here we have a classic example of Rioja. Beautiful aromatics of spices, raisins, dark berries, vanilla, with a touch of more lifted strawberries. It's beautiful, and I was quite surprised when I learned what the price was.
  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    3/15/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    The final wine crafted by Rioja's legendary Ezekiel "El Brujo" Garcia (he passed in 2017 after a full life and winemaking career) is expectedly great. Made in a traditional style that resembles the best of the region (Lopez de Heredia, etc.) this gorgeously crafted (and inexpensive) bottling is essential for fans of the region. It shows a beautiful breadth of flavor, with plenty of cherries to blanket the savory herbs, anise, stewed tomato, cedar, and crunchy leaves, while comfortable acidity and fine grain tannins provide integrated, supportive backbone.
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    3/7/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    I love traditional, unabashedly old school Rioja, and this is one of the best examples of the style that I have tasted in many years. As soon as it was in my glass, aromas of wild berries, earth and vanilla wafers were jumping out. The generous Los Autores El Brujo has perfect balance in the mouth, with seamless texture, spot on medium body and a long focussed finish. The tannins of this wine were left behind during the long ageing, leaving us nothing but red fruit, earth, refreshment and pleasure. If you like old fashioned Rioja to pair with food, this is our best offering! I am going to case up on this one for sure.
    Drink from 2018 to 2036
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    1/26/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Often, our wine reviews will lead with the value proposition at hand: an extremely limited production, terrific value for money, the complexity of aromas and flavors. In this case, I find it necessary to open with an introduction of one of the more towering personalities in the wine world (or in any world, for that matter) I have ever met: Ezequiel "El Brujo" García. El Brujo studied with the great Bordeaux oenologist, Emile Peynaud. He made the incredible Cune wines of the 1960's. He was responsible for fine tuning Cune's Monopole white, a wine which absolutely dominated in its day (and a style which has become fashionable once again). He also became a friend of mine later in his life, someone who would enthusiastically discuss Rioja history, his experience informally advising wineries (amongst them, Lopez de Heredia), and really anything related to the region's local traditions and culture of wine. I love the name of this Rioja, Los Autores, because it was crafted by a true auteur. Ezequiel drew the image on the bottom right hand side of the label. He had an intimate understanding of the vineyards which would form the blend, as well as an idea of what proportion of the various grape varieties should be involved (typical of El Brujo's wines, there are important components of Mazuelo, Garnacha, and even white Viura grapes included). Finally, Ezequiel also selected the well seasoned, 8-10 year old barrels that the wine would age in for 36 months. Now to the wine: how does it taste? It's old school, light on its feet, history in a bottle. 2011 is a generous vintage if you're drinking it now, capable of early consumption, though this wine will undoubtedly reward cellaring. It reminds me of Tondonia, with its understated dark fruit, soft texture, and incredibly easy to drink profile. Sadly, this is the last wine that Ezequiel "El Brujo" would ever blend as he passed away last August. I would encourage you to stash some bottles away, being sure to enjoy at least one of them now and toast to the legend of "El Brujo."
  • Christina Stanley
    By: Christina Stanley
    1/22/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming to us from the late, great winemaker Ezequiel “El Brujo” Garcia, formerly of Cune Bodega, the 2011 Los Autores is beautifully integrated and developed, ready to sing. With a complex bouquet of subtle vanilla, sweet hoisin and dill, stewed and dried cranberry and raspberry, dried rose petal and strawberry seed, this wine energetically expands on the palate. With bright acidity, soft, dusty tannins and slightly briny persistent minerality, nothing is out of balance.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    1/22/2018
    K&L Staff Member
    A quintessentially classic Rioja. This wine holds the name El Brujo, which roughly translates to "the wizard." This was the nickname bestowed upon winemaker Ezequiel García, who made the legendary CVNE Riojas of the 1950's-1970's. This 2011 Reserva was selected by García from top vineyards in both Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. The aging process was performed in the traditional manner (3 years of aging prior to release, with at least 1 year of aging in oak barrels). The wine leads initially with aromas of dill and vanilla. A bouquet of cocoa powder along with notes of fresh cherries, berries, and plum also reveal themselves. A distinct dusty minerality shines on the palate along with elevated acidity, and flavors once more of plum; some cherry coulis, leather, and savory notes too. Quite nicely balanced. A fantastic wine; especially as an accompaniment to food.

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