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Viña Real Reserva 2015

Viña Real Reserva

2015
93
PARKER
91
PEÑÍN
94
SUCKLING
95
TIM ATKINS

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Spec sheet

TypeRed Wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.0%

The wine

Viña Real Reserva is a perfect example of a traditional style of wine still made and loved today, a style whose qualities and character have irreverently ignored changes in fashions or other tendencies in the world of wine. On drinking a glass of Viña Real Reserva, you are tasting past, present, and, most probably, the future of wine. Every sip reminds you of the great Rioja vintages whose wines age wonderfully for decades thanks to their marvellous acidity rather than excessive tannins or extraction. Changes in fashion led many great wines to abandon their own essence in the 1980s and 90s, and not only in Rioja but in other historic regions like Bordeaux too. Many wineries are now making amends and recovering their traditional styles of wine but Viña Real does not have to return to that path as their wines have never left it. Viña Real Reserva is an outstandingly balanced wine, with a timeless character, easily recognizable year after year. In a nutshell, a deeply elegant wine.

Its impressive colour in the glass remains intact however long the wine has aged for, and its aromas and feel immediately remind us of the best Rioja wines. Its liveliness is similar to a Crianza wine but its freshness, combined with complexity and a lingering taste in the mouth, indicate that it can only be a well-aged top quality Rioja Reserva. The best Tempranillo grapes are blended with small quantities of other classic red grapes from the region to create an enviable balance. Its graceful tannins befit its origins in Rioja Alavesa and the hundred years of winemaking experience the winery puts to good use. Roasted aromas and hints of leather which are excessively present in some Reservas, are merely a delicate framework in this wine to wrap around the top-quality, mature red fruit which delights wine-lovers just like a classic Rioja should.

What does this wine taste like?

Light
Bold
Smooth
Tannic
Dry
Sweet
Soft
Acidic

Drinking and storing

Serve between 15ºC and 17ºC

Food pairing

Cured cheeses, Lamb, Grilled meat

Ratings and awards

201792 PN94 SK
201693 PK92 PN94 SK
201593 PK91 PN94 SK95 TA
201491+ PK91 PN
201390 PN92 SK
201292 PK92 PN94 SK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingTA: Tim atkins

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The classical 2015 Viña Real Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano from a warm and early harvest that fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in new oak barriques for 22 months with rackings every four months. I find it very expressive, aromatic and open, ripe and hedonistic but without excess. It has the soft and approachable profile of the Alavesa wines but with the grip of the fine-grained, chalky tannins. It's gentle but has clout. Delicious! 340,000 bottles produced. I tasted from the only bottling of 2018.

— Luis Gutiérrez (28/06/2019)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2015 - 93 PARKER

Customer reviews

4.2/5
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Wine making

Ageing period22 months
Type of woodFrench and american oak

The winery

Viña Real

Viña Real

The Viña Real brand was created in 1960 by Cvne, the founding winery of the group which also includes Viñedos del Contino. Although the first wines to be released onto the market and made with Viña Real grapes (in the Elciego area and close to the old royal road, the Camino Real, hence the name) date back to 1920. Today, looking to over a 100 years of Cvne experience, the new Viña Real winery offers modern-style wines that are well prepared for a long life, and thus combines...

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