Rubus Proprietary Reserve Red Spain
Rubus Project
Spain - Aragon - Calatayud

The Rubus Project was created by Fran Kysela as a way to source & sell incredible wines at value prices. All wines in this international project are hand-selected by Fran Kysela. Rubus wines are fruit driven, true-to-type values that over deliver - a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.

The grapes for Rubus Proprietary Reserve Red are sourced from a mountainous area called SistemaI Ibérico, characterized by its high altitude and loose, stony, nutrient-poor soil. 80% of the vineyards are located at an altitude higher than 800 meters above sea level, planted in goblet (bush vine), with 60% of vines over 50 years old. There is a blend of soil types:

  • Gravel, composed of pebbles and boulders coming from alluvium, with good drainage
  • Red slate, dry with low fertility
  • Darker gray slate, retaining the heat during the day and cooling at night
  • Marl composed of limestone and clay, deep soils
  • Areas with clay, sandy and limestone soils.

In this blend of 90% Garnacha and 10% Syrah, 70% of the Grenache used is Garnacha Tinta from 35-year-old vines. The remaining Grenache is a mix of Garnacha Peluda (Lledoner Pelut), Garnacha Tintorera and some loose Garnacha Blanca vines. The Syrah, which is mostly planted in trellis with irrigation, contributes color and aromas to the blend.

The resulting blend produces a flavorful wine, rich in blackberry and plum fruits, with aromas of subtle spices, berry and fruitcake.

Rubus shows a bright purple color and offers aromas of ripe fruit and red berries along with toasty notes that enhance the candied fruits. After aeration mocha, coffee and cocoa aromas stand out.  Polished, light but elegant tannins and moderate acidity make the wine interesting with a long lasting finish.

Wine Type
90% Garnacha and 10% Syrah
Age of vines
60% over 50 years old
Soil type
blend of loose, stony, nutrient-poor soils
Vinification of Grenache & Syrah is carried out separately, using different strains of Saccharomyces as well as non-Saccharomyces yeasts. Once alcoholic fermentation is finished, the first blend occurs, followed by malolactic fermentation and then a final blend. Part of the blend is aged briefly in French oak.

Grilled meats, lamb, duck or barbecue pork.

Reviews and News

2016 Rubus Proprietary Red Reserve - 88 PTS - JD

2016 Rubus Proprietary Red Reserve - 88 PTS - JD

jeb dunnuck logo 250"The 2016 Proprietary Reserve Red Spain is a Grenache-dominated red (there’s 10% Syrah) that offers a pretty, forward bouquet of ripe cherries, strawberries, spice, and a touch of dried flowers. With medium body, a seamless texture, and no hard edges, it’s another terrific value from the Rubus Project that’s ideal for drinking over the coming couple of years."

- Jeb Dunnuck (March 27th 2019), 88 pts

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