1998 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)

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La Rioja, Red Wine, Spain, Tempranillo

Had this with dinner last night. And what a great bottle of wine. Dark blackberry and red raspberry fruit. Earth, tree bark, and the perfunctory smidge of dill pickle (from American oak barrels). Texture is silky and acidity zippy, but the fruit is generous yet very elegant. Pretty finish on a pretty wine. For just over $30, this is a massive QPR. Even my wife commented “…this is good wine…”. A case buy. Drinking great right now, but should age effortlessly for many years.

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One thought on “1998 Bodegas Riojanas Rioja Monte Real Gran Reserva (Spain, La Rioja, Rioja)”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I concur with your evaluation. I had the chance to try both the 1998Monte Real GR and the 1998 Vina Albina GR side by side. The Vina Albina was a softer wine with violets and sweet cherry notes and a touch of oak. The Monte Real was darker, with plum and berry flavours along with vanillin oak and Asian spices. After time in the glass, I could almost pick up some cigar box notes. If the Monte Real was a Paulliac, then the Vina Albina was a Margaux. THe Monte Real is the “real” thing folks!


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