Urbina is not as well known as bodegas like López de Heredia, but it deserves to be. This is another mature, bottle-aged triumph that will have Rioja lovers purring with pleasure. Sweet, seductive and well balanced with classic red berry, game and balsamic notes. Drink Date: 2018-23.
Score - 94. (Tim Atkin, MW, timatkin.com, Rioja Special Report 2018)
SPAIN - RIOJA
1996 Urbina Gran Reserva Vintages #355743
90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo.
This wine comes from the best grapes of the exploitation, all come from vineyards with more than 20 years. Fermented at 28 º C and macerated for the final 28 days, followed by 24 months in oak and 48 months in the bottle. Garnet-reddish color, splendid maturity, complexity on the nose, on the palate harmonious and balanced oak is appreciated, fruit tannins, great elegance and velvety softness, and wonderful length.