Viña Real Reserva
92 points Robert Parker
Tasting Notes:
The 2006 Reserva has a more gamey, animally nose than the 2005 with dark berries and earthy notes combining to intriguing effect. The palate is ¡medium-bodied with a sweeter entry than the 2005. It is underpinned by fine tannins and a crescendo of ripe black cherry, wild strawberry and garrigue notes that inform the long, graceful finish. It is still unresolved but it shows great promise


Grape:
90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, Grenache and Mazuelo.


Vineyards:
Vintage slightly ahead of previous years due to a very hot summer and little rainfall. However, the rains in mid-September (16-18) not only helped to solve the problems of water stress and regain some vineyards production expectations, but were critical to the final quality of the harvest. They balanced the alcoholic maturity and phenolic maturity, yielding a crop of very good quality.


Vinification process:
The grapes, principally grown in the Rioja Alavesa sub-zone are carefully picked by hand when fully ripe, and only the healthiest bunches are selected. On arrival at the winery, the grapes are cooled and macerated, prior to the alcoholic fermentation, which is carried out in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature. The length of time the fermenting juice is kept in contact with the skins is determined by daily tasting and analysis, until the desired levels of colour and structure are reached. The young wine is then transferred to a mix of American and French oak casks to mature, for up to 2 years, before being bottled. Once bottled, it will remain in our cellars to continue its maturation prior to release to the market.


Aging process:
American and French oak casks to mature, for upto 2 years, before being bottled.


Alcohol Contents:
13,8% vol


Limited Production
Main aromas and flavors:
Dark berries, black cherry, strawberry and garrigue.


History Awards:
92 points Robert Parker - 2009
91 points Robert Parker 2007
91 points Robert Parker 2006
93 points Robert Parker 2005
92 points Robert Parker 2004
90 points Robert Parker 2001



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