2009 Bodegas Riojanas 'Monte Real' Rioja Gran Reserva
Based in Rioja Alta, Riojanas controls more than 300ha. This 100% Tempranillo is aged for 24 to 30 months in American oak, offering well-integrated sweet vanilla, spice and toasty notes. The palate is full-bodied and structured, supported by plum and cherry fruit and smooth tannins.
93 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Aromas of roasted earth, leather and fine oak are more out-front than berry fruit, and that's the way it should be for a Gran Reserva. This feels bold, lively and still a touch bumpy. Chocolaty oak and vanilla notes rest comfortably on top of ripe berry and black-plum flavors, while the finish is persistently earthy and chocolaty. Drink through 2028."