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Viña-Real Reserva 2005 1.5L

Viña-Real Reserva 2005 1.5L

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Deep Ruby and cherry red, with the lightest hint of a terracotta edge. Good intensity on the nose, with ripe autumn fruits, warm spices and elegant toasty oak. The palate is rich, warming and velvet, with good acidity and noble tannin. The vanilla from the oak is beautifully married with the raspberry fruit of the Tempranillo producing a fine, rich, complex palate and length of finish. The wine is balanced now, but has potential to improve.
Category Red Wine
Varietals
Region Spain, Rioja
Brand Viña-Real
Alcohol/vol 13.5%
  • wa93

Wine AdvocateThe 2005 Reserva undergoes longer aging than the Crianza with 18 months in 80% American oak. It has a complex bouquet of blackberry, black olive and spice that is well-defined and lifted. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins. This beautifully composed Reserva has a silky texture that belies its firm backbone, while the sense of reserve and purity on the finish is convincing. This is a Reserva to relish over the next two decades. Drink 2014-2025.

Neal Martin, August 2012
  • ws88

Wine SpectatorPlum, smoke and herbal flavors are framed by mineral and licorice notes in this firm, maturing red. This is medium-bodied, with good acidity that keeps this lively, despite its austere character. Drink now through 2014. 14,000 cases made.

Thomas Matthews, October 15, 2011