2018 Monte Real Rioja Crianza
From a sensorial point of view, Monte Real Crianza follows a modern style of wine: more color, more fruit and more potency. Intense color, delicate fresh aromas that maintain the fruitiness and expression of the grape variety and the terroir, beautifully blending with aging notes in harmony and balance. In the mouth, its body and potency are perfectly offset by the smoothness and elegance typical of great Riojas.
James Suckling 92
A very ripe and rich red with dried berry, chocolate and vanilla with some toasted coffee bean. It’s full and flavorful with lots going on. Layered and intense. This is impressive now, but even better in a year or two.
Wine Spectator 90
A smooth texture masks good concentration in this juicy red, with a firm structure. Ripe cherry and plum flavors mingle with coffee and toasty notes, showing touches of herb and loamy earth.
One of the grand old names of Rioja, Riojanas has produced heroic wines since its founding in 1890. Such continuity was assured not only by the enduring commitment of the owning Artacho family but the fact that, until Felipe Nalda’s retirement in 2013, Riojanas’ winemaker had been with the bodega for 49 years (since the great 1964 vintage).
Under Felipe’s guiding hand, it remained one of the few remaining houses committed to the traditional methods that gave us one of the world's most distinctive and long-lived styles of wine.
Riojanas’ classic winemaking and fabulous quality are exemplified by the opulent Monte Real and beautifully refined Viña Albina Gran Reservas. These cuvées place Riojanas squarely in the traditional Rioja elite, yet it has always stood apart from its peers.
Spain, Rioja, Cenicero
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