Montebuena
Rioja (Spain)

The Estate
In the mid-1960s, 70% of the winegrowers (175 vintners) decided to join forces and found the Unión de Cosecheros of Labastida, which currently ranks as the largest co-operative winery in the Basque Country, with a production capacity of 7 million liters. 
Right from the outset, these winegrowers wanted to be involved in the entire process, from cultivating vineyards to barrel-ageing wine to bottling. Towards this end, the co-op has established its own brands and striven to enhance its facilities, equipping them with the most modern equipment available, as with its stainless steel tanks, a cooling unit for regulating fermentation temperatures and new bottling plant.


Manuel Ruiz Hernández, winemaker (center), Gaizka Lejarza, managing director (right)


Lunch at the winery - Spanish trip, June 2007

The Vineyards
The ageing of wines has always been one of this winery’s passions and primary concerns. At present, the co-op has 6,000 American oak casks in storage, with an average age of five years.


Spanish trip, June 2007


Lagares - The small sub-region of Montebuena outside the town of Labastida, la Rioja region is home to ancient grape growing and wine production from Romain times.

The Wine


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#S0EE3020--TPS
UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2012 Montebuena Cuvée KPF, Rioja, 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas .
Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet
and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish. Pairs well with beef & lamb dishes, stews & cheeses.

"Dark ruby. Ripe cherry, red berries and smoky minerals on the nose. Spicy, firm and tightly wound, with very good lift to the flavors of redcurrant, bitter cherry and licorice. A gripping, lithe midweight, with appealing sweetness and bracing minerality on the long, incisive finish. In an elegant style, with zero excess fat. - JR"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 90 pts


#S0EE302000TPS
UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2010 Montebuena Cuvée KPF, Rioja, 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas .
Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet
and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish. Pairs well with beef & lamb dishes, stews & cheeses.

"(100% tempranillo, raised entirely in American oak): Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and in the mouth. Pliant and seamless in texture, with good heft and back-end energy. Finishes smooth and sweet, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip. Still on the young side but this wine drinks very well with an hour or so of decanting; it's an excellent value for Rioja."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2012), 90 pts


"According to Fran Kysela, this is one of the largest cooperatives in Basque country, and their Rioja cuvee, which is 100% Tempranillo aged in American oak casks, displays oodles of white chocolate, spicy oak, black cherry jam and strawberries in a fruit-forward, medium-bodied but luscious and authoritative style. This is a silky-textured, full-flavored wine to drink over the next several years."
- Wine Advocate (Issue 201, June 2012), 89 pts



National Retail Price: $12.99 / bottle

 



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UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2009 Montebuena, Rioja, 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas .
Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet
and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.

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The 2009 Montebuena is 100% Tempranillo. Dark ruby-colored, it offers an appealing perfume of spice box, leather, tobacco, and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with ripe fruit, has outstanding concentration, and impeccable balance. It is a great bargain that offers a sneak preview of the great 2009 vintage in Rioja and northern Spain in general. It should drink well for 6-8 years."
- Wine Advocate (April 2010), 90 pts

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James Suckling - ( www.jamessuckling.com ), 90pts

"Montebuena 2009, Rioja. 12.5% alc. 100% tempranillo grapes. Bright, fresh and fruity; ripe, fleshy and spicy; tobacco leaf and lead pencil, red and black cherries steeped in brandy with cloves and sandalwood; lovely balance, integration and concentration of all elements, lovely clean intensity; a hint of briers and tar in the depths, a bit of rooty earthiness. Wines at this price aren’t supposed to have this much character. Drink through 2013 or ’14. Very Good+. About $12, and you had better go buy a case right now."
- Bigger Than Your Head Wine Blog (February 24th 2012) click here for Article

#S0EE302007TPS
UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2008 Montebuena, Rioja, 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas .
Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet
and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.

UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2007 Montebuena, Rioja, 12/750ml
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas .
Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet
and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.

88 pts - RED VALUE - Wine Advocate (Feb. 09)


#S0EE302005TPS
UPC code: 7 84585 00304 4
2006 Montebuena, Rioja, 12/750ml
In the mid-1960s, 70% of the winegrowers (175 vintners) decided to join forces and found the Unión de Cosecheros of Labastida, which currently ranks as the largest co-operative winery in the Basque Country, with a production capacity of 7 million liters.
Deep ruby. Ripe, fruit forward blackberry aromas with nicely integrated French oak. Soft attack of dark red fruits. Medium weight. Good acidity. Slight astringent finish. Moderate, ripe tannins.

"Dark red. Spicy red berries and cherry on the nose, with hints of cracked pepper and dried rose. Crisp and dry on the palate, with spicy redcurrant and cherry flavors, light tannins and a fresh, energetic finish. An excellent value, and surprisingly elegant for this price point."
- i-Wine Review.com, 87 pts



National Retail Price: $12.99 / bottle