Red ruby color; black pepper and vanilla flavors and some mature black fruit taste. Well-balanced, well-structured and elegant in mouth, displaying some splendid tastes of fruit and bouquet.
|Vintage:||2008||Grape Varietals:||85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo.||ABV:||13.5%|
|Aging:||aged in 50% American and 50% French Oak barrels for 18 months.|
Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature; aged in 50% American and 50% French Oak barrels for 18 months.
red meat and game.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|S0EE229019TPM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01394 4||1 07 84585 01394 1||$19.99|
"(raised in a 50/50 combination of new and used French and American oak barrels for 18 months) Vivid ruby-red. An expansive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, cola, incense and toasty oak, with a sexy floral overtone. Silky and broad on the palate, offering concentrated black raspberry, cherry-vanilla and coconut flavors that become spicier with aeration. In an emphatically fruity style, showing solid closing thrust, strong persistence and gently gripping tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antionio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 91 pts
"Sweet, ripe, plummy nose followed by notes of rosemary and thyme. Enlivening wine with a long and complex aftertaste."
"A small step up in price, the 2014 Reserva (85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 5% Mazuelo) has a similar elegance and purity, with classic vanilla-laced notes of spice, garrigue, cedar, and both cherry and darker currant-like fruits. It’s balanced, has fine tannins, and is an outstanding wine. I like it today, but I suspect it’s capable of keeping for a decade."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 90 pts
"Dense fairly bold blackberry and dark plum aromas are backed by a plump palate that's braced by a beam of core acidity. Earthy berry flavors come with notes of vanilla, wild herbs and tobacco, while the finish is full and weighty but also juicy. Drink through 2020."
- Wine Enthusiast (May 2017), 90 pts
"(raised for 18 months in a 50/50 combination of French and American oak barrels, new and used) Bright ruby-red. Fresh dark berry, licorice and spice scents, along with smoky mineral and vanilla flourishes. Sweet and seamless on the palate, offering juicy boysenberry and cola flavors and a touch of candied flowers. Lingers with good tenacity on a long, oak-accented finish shaped by smooth tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antionio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 90 pts
"Saturated ruby. The nose displays an array of ripe dark fruit and floral scents, with a potent vanilla overtone. Fleshy and open-knit for the vintage, offering powerful blackcurrant and bitter cherry flavors that pick up a spicy flourish with aeration. The vanilla and cherry notes repeat emphatically on a very long, gently tannic, spicy finish. After fermentation in stainless steel tanks this wine spent a year in American oak barrels.- Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2015), 91 pts
"The most expensive wine, the 2010 Reserva shows more aged graphite notes intermixed with pepper, vanilla, black cherry and strawberry. It is ripe, round, juicy and best drunk over the next 3-4 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 87 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
"These wines are from the same producer as the Palacio del Burgo offerings reviewed later in this report, and, for my taste, seem almost identical to those wines. The outstanding 2009 Reserva is made from a blend identical to the Palacio del Burgo 2009 Reserva, 85% Tempranillo, 10% Grenache and 5% Carignan. It boasts lots of complexity and virtually the same character as the 2009 Reserva from Palacio del Burgo – vanilla, new saddle leather and sweet black cherry characteristics presented in a medium-bodied, elegant, complex and concentrated style. Drink it over the next 2-3 years. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 90 pts
"Deep ruby. Ripe cherry, floral pastille and pipe tobacco scents, along with notes of cracked pepper and vanilla. Sweet and penetrating, offering plump blackberry and cherry compote flavors that pick up smokiness with aeration. Closes smooth, spicy and long, with soft tannins coming on late and folding into the wine's sweet dark fruit."
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2014), 90 pts
"The outstanding 2008 Reserva (85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and 5% Carignan) exhibits plenty of spicy vanillin, forest floor, sweet, jammy black currant and black cherry fruit, and hints of cedarwood and Christmas fruitcake. Its complex aromatics are followed by a full-bodied, opulent, well-made Rioja that should drink well for 3-5 years."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 90 pts
"(85% tempranillo, 10% garnacha and 5% mazuelo): Deep ruby. Dried cherry, dark chocolate, minerals and smoky oak on the nose. Supple, oaky and pliant, offering bitter cherry and redcurrant flavors complicated by notes of coconut and chewing tobacco. Dusty tannins give shape to the persistent finish, which repeats the cherry and smoke notes. - JR"
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September 2013), 90 pts
"Rush right out and buy a few bottles of this wonderfully appealing yet suitably serious example of Rioja, from Spain’s most renowned wine region. Burgo Viejo Reserva 2006, Rioja, was produced by a cooperative established by six families in 1987, since grown to 16 families. Altogether, they draw on 494 acres of vineyards, the majority by far devoted to red grapes. While the average age of the vines is 30 years, some of the garnacha (grenache) goes back 90 years. Oak is 90 percent American, 10 percent French. Winemaker, since 2003, is Gorka Etxebarria. Burgo Viejo Reserva 2006, Rioja, is a blend of 85 percent tempranillo grapes, 10 percent garnacha and 5 percent carignan. The color is an entrancing deep ruby with a dark violet rim and a purple center that almost pulses with intensity. Scents of tobacco leaf, sandalwood, bacon fat and tar are woven with vivid notes of black and red currants and cherries and undertones of rose petal and fruitcake; give the wine a few moments in the glass and it accumulates hints of leather, cloves, sandalwood and green peppercorns. As if that panoply of delights were not enough to entice you, in the mouth, the wine is beautifully balanced and integrated, though dense, slightly grainy tannins and a subtle and supple oak influence lend a firm foundation and framework, abetted by a burgeoning element of graphite-like minerality. All of these qualities, including spiced and macerated black and blue fruit flavors, are bound by vibrant acidity that arrows straight to a sleek, spice-laden finish concluding with a final fillip of lavender and licorice. Alcohol content is a very comfortable 13.5 percent. Drink now through 2015 or ’16 with roasted chicken, game birds or hearty stews. Excellent. About $19 or $20, representing Great Value. Restaurants take note: how often can you get a mature wine from 2006 on your wine lists at a price diners will appreciate?"
Bigger Than Your Head Wine blog (February 23rd 2012)
"Bright ruby. Cherry-vanilla and cassis on the nose, with oak spice and anise notes adding complexity. Juicy, broad and supple, with very good depth to its cherry compote and dark berry flavors. The vanilla note returns on the finish, which is sweet, smooth and long. This is delicious and fully mature."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (September/October 2011), 90 pts
"Grown at a 500-acre vineyard in Alta Baja, the warmth of the district shows in the rich juiciness and sleek texture of this Reserva, a gentle Rioja with floral scents of orange blossom and violets over graphite-like tannins. It's balanced and refined, a wine to pour with thick-cut lamb chops."
Wine & Spirits Magazine (2014 Buying Guide), 90 pts + 100 BEST BUYS of the Year