Type: Red Wine
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Code: RIOJ395
This is a Gran Reserva Rioja at its very best, drinking beautifully but with a propensity to age in the cellar for many years. Only the third time that Rioja Vega have released their Anadas Miticas (mythical vintage), after the memorable 2005 and 2008 vintage releases, this spectacular wine encapsulates the magical combination of the special personality of the Rioja grape varietals – Tempranillo, Graciano, and Mazuelo – with the unmistakeable character of the most special of the Rioja Vega vineyards, and a mythical vintage in the Rioja region.

Rioja Vega

Initially started as the dream of one man, Don Felipe Ugalde in 1882, this winery has seen ongoing growth and development over the years. Don’s aim was simple, to be one of the countries most prestigious Bodega’s. Although his winery passed down the family line, it was through marriage that it became united with Bodegas Muerza, hence losing its identity. Today it is owned by the group Principe de Viana who acquired it in 1983 providing investment in new equipment, staff and in 2001 a new winery, 10km outside Logrono, complete with an underground ageing cellar. The new cellars incorporated modern equipment such as self-weighing hoppers, pneumatic presses and self-emptying stainless steel vats. This level of development has allowed not only the fruit from their own vineyards to be processed but also that of surrounding contract growers so that it has been able to produce this range of great value for money wines.

Bright, deep cherry red in ccolour, the bouquet is elegant, portraying a genuine expression of Tempranillo varietal character. Ripe black fruit with slightly toasted, balsamic notes of great complexity, firm, round tannins, with a well-balanced solid backbone. The mouthfeel is opulent, rich, ripe and brimming with concentrated fruit and subtle hints of spice. The finish is long, persistent with a great finesse.
Roasts and grilled meats, game, cured ham and cheeses, cold cuts and oven baked fish.
Selection at the vineyard with an average yield of 4.500 kg/Ha. Harvested on October. Light destemming to avoid damaging the berries.Fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks during 10 days, keeping the fermentationtemperature always below 29ºC. Subsequent maceration for 10 days at 17ºC prior to carrying out malolactic fermentation.

Highly Recommended - Decanter, March 2023, Rioja Guide, £20-£40 Red Rioja, 93 points: “Lovely roasted plum, pepper and oak spice aromas. A deliciously fluid and joyful wine with a long penetrating finish.”

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