2009 Bodegas Riojanas 'Viña Albina' Rioja Grand Reserva
Profoundly classic, the Viña Albina is enticingly elegant and refined in nature and majestic in its texture and aromatics. 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano. From the vineyards of Cenicero, Sonsierra and Villalba de Rioja. Traditional vinification with destalked, crushed grapes, a long maceration period and fermentation controls. Aged for 24 to 30 months in American oak casks with appropriately-timed rackings. Aged in the bottle for at least 36 months before being released. Bodegas Riojanas is one of the grand old names of Rioja. Riojanas has produced heroic wines since its founding in 1890.
91 points, Wine Enthusiast. "Savory, mature aromas of woodspice and earthy berry fruits form the greeting on this gran reserva that's more lively than subdued or silky. Spicy, oaky berry flavors have a ripe, rooty component, while there's just enough pop to a bold, baked, chocolaty finish."