Bodegas Riojanas Monte Real Gran Reserva Rioja Spain 2011

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100% Tempranillo. This wine has very intense cherry color with a tawny rim. On the nose powerful and refined aromas of blackberry, prune, with an harmonious blend of ageing in oak and infuse notes. The palate expresses blackberry, vanilla, coffee finish steady, with calm, complex notes of tobacco and marzipan rising to the fore of a steady finish. The composition is that of a very structured, full bodied wine with polished, smooth tannins and a long pleasant finish. Very well developed and mature, it greatness a long life in the bottles. Aged in American casks for 24-30 months. 

Food Pairing: Meat, stews, poultry

4.0/5           Founded in 1890, Bodegas Riojanas has been around longer than the D.O. which was established in 1925.  For that reason, they're the only Rioja producer carrying "Rioja" in their name.  They're known for their traditional style, aged Riojas.  

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