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Vina Real Reserva Rioja
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Vina Real Reserva Rioja 2012

Rioja, SpainViña Real launched its first wines in 1920 Elciego, in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa province, and has continued through to today. They border the Camino Real or Royal Drive, thus the Viña Real moniker. 2012 was a drought year so the crop was lower and the intensity higher. The blend is 90/10 tempranillo with garnacha, graciano and mazuelo. Always a step up, the Reserva opens with dried cherries, leather and spice but with more weight and mid-palate presence than a crianza. It's all stainless steel fermented before spending 22 months in French and American oak barriques — a classic, older style Rioja that would work well with pork or lamb dishes.Tasted: 27 March 2019Tasted by: Prices: BC 35.99 private wine shops Producer: Compañía Vitivinícola del Norte de Espana (CVNE)Distributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Tempranillo - Garnacha - MazueloCSPC: 489773UPC: 8410591000419