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Vina Real Reserva Rioja
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Vina Real Reserva Rioja 2012

Rioja, SpainThis wine looks pale garnet and mellow in the glass, and the aromatic nose confirms just what you hope for: a classic, earthy, developing Rioja. Captivating aromas of violets, raspberries, strawberries plus a lovely sweet greenness, and then come interesting notes of fine Cuban cigar combined with inimitable ‘library’ associations of old books and old furniture. The fruit tastes dark, ripe (the low-yielding vintage helps) and concentrated, with a perfect layer of subtle vanilla and spice. Medium bodied tempranillo’s trademark juicy acidity and finely textured tannins frame the wine perfectly without being obtrusive. Classic Rioja Reserva but with notable elegance, finesse and lingering length. Lamb stew in winter, and herby grilled lamb chops for summer.Tasted: 23 May 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