Aged Rioja Offer
Aged Rioja Offer
Off the back of our Annual Taste of Spain dinner we stubbled across your love of Rioja Reds. So we are releasing some of these gems for our cellar they’re are limited.
You can order a mixed 6 pack of Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva ( 2 each of)
or a straight six pack of each of the wines. TASTING NOTES BELOW
From the very western end of the Rioja...
Urbina have 75 hectares across 34 plots in Cuzcurrita . They make 300K bottles, cropping around 4.5 t/ha and export 80%. A new bodega with plenty of history. Fermentation is in stainless, followed by ageing in mixed French/US oak with occasional racking in barriques aged from new to 7 years. The wines are Tempranillo with some Mazuelo and Graciano. 5 generations of Urbinas have managed this property since the 1870s. Urbina make ‘classically styled’ Rioja (Gran Reservas and the like with regular racking and so forth) from their own vines and are a village-specific producer, with their best wines all from the cold limestone sand soils of Cuzcurrita del Rio Tiron, west of Haro in the Ojo-Tiron Valley under Montes Obarenes. Make no mistake these are stunning wines!
Urbina wines have an incredibly distinct style:
They are gamey, elegant, spare, red berry wines of great longevity. All are free-flowing and delicate, with fine, uncluttered lines. The fruit is in a juniper and red current spectrum laced with red thyme and a trace of sweet spice. Nestled in the acid line is an old, well-used teapot, smoked tin or the tang of a rainwater tank. Balsam smells of tobacco, herb, tea leaf and autumn forest (twigs, briars, wet earth and dried leaves) are scattered through developed red fruits which retain great freshness and a plushness.
Our selection is the best wines from Urbina’s cellar: this is an incredible opportunity to buy stylish old wines at great prices all of which have cellar futures ahead of them...
Tasting Notes Below...
URBINA Selección Criaza 1999
1999 (like 1994 and 2018) had big spring frosts after the April 16 new moon. Fermented at 28 degrees, macerated 28 days, this ‘LBC’ (late-bottled Crianza) spent 6 years resting in tank after a year maturing in French oak. Crazeeeeeeeeeeee!
Really balsamic, it has the leaf scatter smells of a forest walk, sweet black tea, plum flowers, red thyme and a holly branch. Earthen and spiced, red currant and juniper berry fruit sits in a gentle, sparse, very elegant palate. Silky, with good length, it is very clean for wine with such ageing.
URBINA 2001 Reserva Especial
Sweet dried birch bark, a hint of anise, red apple florals, briar, cob pipe, and nicely coated leather. A great juice and release rolling affect (considering the non-frutale style). Mid-weight, and certainly not plush, it has a lovely open volume, and an excellent wander to its wood-spice/acid/forestale end.
URBINA 2004 Reserva Especial
Rioja autumnals notes run through this wines with lovely airy red fruits, with strawberry seed richness in a beef-stock savoury characters. There is a good volume of fruit on first taste, finishing to a deep, softly earthen middle with a metal tang run to the wood-spice finish.
URBINA 1995 Gran Reserva Especial
More earth, loaded with adobe, baked quince, a mineral hints and sweet baking spice in turned earth. In the mouth everything starts from the earth and sweet baking spice, dried flowers rise beautifully through red wood and achieve a red currant fruit sparkle among all the developed glory.
URBINA 1996 Gran Reserva Especial
Plum, dark chocolate, undergrowth and earth, all mature with figs and mixed dried fruit. Complex, with orange peel, cardamom and angelica, birch branch, amarone earth, nice space and nice spice. This is beautifully organised and mobile, with sabroso interplay and a lovely dry leaf vegetal after-perfume. This is Vinous HISTORY!
If you love aged wines... Take a mix or order a straight six pack either way these wines belong in your cellar, While stock lasts!