Urbina Gran Reserva Rioja 1994

Urbina, Gran Reserva Especial, DOCa Rioja, Spain, 1994

Rioja Alta – so decent acidity, a blend of 95% tempranillo, with mazuelo and graciano. Mandatory 24 months ageing in oak barrels – 12 in new, 12 in 3-5 year old, and over 5 years in bottle before release. Natural cork closure, 13% abv, Weavers, £29

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity tawny, showing tears.

Nose: clean on the nose, of medium (+) intensity, fully developed, with slightly lifted aromas of dried red fruits – red cherry and red currant, a deep note of peony, prunes, vanilla, a low-key whiff of wood, and with a little time showing lightly high-toned notes of raisins and currants, and sweet tobacco.

Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium drying tannins, medium alcohol and a medium body, medium intensity, with flavours of stewed over-ripe red berries, floral peony, dried berries, and with a little time, sultanas and currants.  A long length with a slight bitterness on a dried berry finish.

Quality: a very good quality wine, fully developed with a tawny-brown hue and dominant tertiary notes, that is about to fall off its peak, with moderately drying tannins which together with the acidity, is just a little out of harmony with alcohol, and with a light bitterness on the finish, which detracts.  Nevertheless this is a wine showing rich and interesting complexity, with good concentration of flavour reflected in the long length.

Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: this wine is for drinking now, and is not suitable for further ageing.

About citbp

I am interested in everything about wine, from site selection to tasting.
This entry was posted in spain la rioja. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s