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2001 Bodegas Bilbainas Rioja La Vicalanda Reserva (750ml) [Printable View]
Producer: Bodegas Bilbainas   details
Appellation: Rioja - Spain (DO)
Type: red
Varietal: Tempranillo
Maturity: Drink
Rating: n/a
Est. Price: US$13.59
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Morrell Wine
Tasting Notes:
rated: July 29, 2007 , from a member
" Main Wine Page Wine Selections Archive 2006 Top 100 Wines With many Old World wines, the name of the wine region on a label indicates the grapes in the bottle. For red Rioja it usually means Tempranillo, a small black, thick-skinned grape indigenous to Spain that's the backbone of the country's greatest wines. Tempranillo may be blended with Garnacha (also known as Grenache) for body, warmth and intensity, Graciano for aroma and structure, and Mazuelo (also known as Carignan) for tannin and acidity. The addition of some Cabernet Sauvignon is also allowed in some vineyards. Red Riojas are classified by the grapes' quality and minimum length of time the wine is aged, officially indicated by a DOC (Denominacion de Origen Calificada) seal on the back of each bottle. As the first of only two DOC regions (the other being Priorat), Rioja has more stringent wine quality controls than Spain's other appellations. A combination of aging in oak barrels and bottles is required by Spanish law for Rioja's three quality classifications: Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva. The most common quality Rioja is Crianza, an affordable quaffer that's aged a minimum of 24 months -- 12 months in oak cask or barrel, with the rest of the time in a bottle. Three years of aging -- at least one year in oak cask and two in the bottle -- is required for Reservas, which are made from more select grapes. Gran Reservas, which are only made in exceptional years, must be aged at least 5 years -- two in oak cask and three in the bottle -- though many bodegas or wineries age them longer. New World-style wine from Rioja is not labeled Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, allowing producers to release their wines earlier and with various amounts of oak aging. These wines can include nontraditional blends or be single vineyard wines. The result is a ripe, juicy, more fruit-forward wine rather than the elegant, traditional Riojas, which have more melodious berry fruit, earth, spice and vanilla flavors with integrated tannins. Here are our favorites of the 41 red Riojas tasted. TWO AND A HALF STARS 2001 Bilbainas La Vicalanda Reserva ($20) The very spicy nose is exotic and smoky with red and black fruit aromas, which lead to juicy, ripe black cherry, plum and tart blackberry flavors with a hint of herb. There's moderate tannin and fresh, mouthwatering acidity on the long finish. "
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