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2009 Bodegas Riojanas Vina Albina Rioja Gran Reserva

ITEM 8313768 - Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
timma62 $32 $32
micma1 $31 $0
$30
Item Sold Amount Date
I8313768 1 $32 Jul 10, 2022
I8247192 1 $40 May 29, 2022
I8247191 1 $40 May 29, 2022
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RATINGS

91Wine Enthusiast

Savory, mature aromas of woodspice and earthy berry fruits... Spicy, oaky berry flavors have a ripe, rooty component, while there's just enough pop to a bold, baked, chocolaty finish.

PRODUCER

Bodegas Riojanas

Bodegas Riojanas is in Cenicero, in the Rioja appellation. Founded in the late 19th century by the Artacho and Carreras families, the winery went public in 1997 and today is the umbrella company for a number of Spanish and European wine producers. The company owns about 750 acres of vineyards in Rioja.

REGION

Spain, Rioja

Rioja Demoninación de Origine Calificada is Spain’s most important wine region. Located in northern Spain, it comprises 135,000 vineyard acres and was the first official appellation in Spain, earning its official DO status in 1926. In 1991 it became Spain’s first DOCa, Spain’s most prestigious appellation category. The DOCa is divided into three subzones: La Rioja Alavesa in the northeast; La Rioja Alta in the southwest; and La Rioja Baja in the east. About 75 percent of Rioja wines are reds, with Tempranillo the predominant grape. Garnacha (Grenache), Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano, a spicy, high-acidity red grape, are also allowed. White wines are made from Macabeo, Garnacha Blanca and Malvasia. Wines were made in this region well before the Romans arrived, though the Romans then the medieval monks refined vineyard management and wine production. In the 19th century French families migrated to Rioja after phylloxera wiped out their vineyards, and the French helped establish the tradition of wine blends, still part of Rioja winemaking. According to the rules for the appellation, a wine labelled a simple Rioja can spend less than a year in an oak aging barrel. A Criziana is aged for at least two years, one in oak. Rioja Reserva is aged at least three years, with at least one in oak. A Rioja Gran Reserva must be aged at least five years, with two years in oak.