2010 CVNE Viña Real Gran Reserva, Rioja (750ml)

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# ESCVNE10EE
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 94WA
Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%
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I was waiting to compare the 2010 Viña Real Gran Reserva with the Imperial Gran Reserva from that same vintage, as the comparison promised to be fascinating. This red blend from the Alavesa part of Rioja produced in its own winery is 95% Tempranillo and the rest Graciano; it fermented in stainless steel and matured in oak barrel for two years. The wine shows superb balance and harmony, with very subtle aromas of spices and flowers. It is one of those noses that make you go back to the wine over and over again, as it developed subtle nuances every time you smelled it. The palate feels a bit light compared with the Contino, which has more clout. I was going back and forth and at the end, I believe the three have a very similar quality level; what's best is that each has its own style and personality. 20,000 bottles produced.

94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 226 - Aug 2016)