Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of premium Riojas (see blue link below).
Bodegas Urbina is a winery which has been in the Urbina family for four generations since 1870. The present winery was designed, built and run by the family in 1986 and was created to facilitate producing fine wines. Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards located at two main vineyard sites - the first is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Turon, a well-known area for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years and the others are at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. The grapes used are from vines aged over 20 years old. The vines are grown in accordance with traditional practices, no herbicides and limited use of pesticides and fungicides.
The Urbina Gran Reserva is harvested by hand and the skins remain in contact with the must for 28 days. It is then fermented at a temperature of 28°C using indigenous yeast. The wine is matured for 24 months in American oak before being bottled and matured for another 48 months before being released for sale.
The Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 has a splendid ripe, complex nose, is reddish-garnet in colour with harmonious and well-balanced oak and fruit tannins. It also displays intense rich fruit, great finesse and velvet smoothness on the palate. It goes perfectly with slow roasted lamb shoulder or with game - particularly duck and pheasant.
Seleccion is a blend of 90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo and 5% Graziano. It is aged for 15 months in American oak casks and is before attaining ‘Reserva’ status. The nose is complex with concentrated aromas of damsons, cooked summer fruit, vanilla and a hint of coffee. On the palate, there are flavours of dried fruit, Christmas cake and fig. With silky tannins and smooth mouthfeel this is a sublime wine.
Garnet with ruby hues. Aromas of ripe red fruits combine with dried fruits and spicy vanilla, cinnamon and liquorice root from extended oak ageing, and leather and cigar box aromas from prolonged bottle ageing. Full bodied and round, it is elegant, balanced and superbly layered on the palate.
Garnet with ruby hues. Aromas of ripe red fruits combine with dried fruits and spicy vanilla, cinnamon and liquorice root notes from extended oak ageing. Full bodied and round, it is elegant, balanced and superbly layered on the palate.
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Intense ruby red in colour. The nose is fresh and pronounced with excellent fruit concentration. The palate is clean and well balanced, with a core of strawberry fruit combined with subtle vanilla flavours from American oak. The finish is juicy and long.
Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their March 2017 edition review of Premium Rioja (see blue link below).
The Gran Reserva has a brilliant ruby-red colour with tinges of brick red. Mature and elegant, the wine’s rich aromatic complexity is initially subtle, revealing itself more and more as the wine breathes. Toasted oak nuances and coconut give way to notes of leather and damp earth from bottle ageing. On the palate, silky, rounded tannins accompany fresh red berries, dried raisins and spicy notes. This is a complex wine with exceptional concentration and a long finish.
Deep ruby red in colour with orange tones. The nose shows a wide range of delicate red fruit accompanied by smoky nuances and hints of vanilla from the new American oak. On the palate, the wine is velvety and round, with smooth tannins and good acidity from the Tempranillo. The finish is soft, balanced and long lasting.
Intense deep ruby in colour. On the nose there is an abundance of black and red berry fruits. These are accompanied by rich aromas of figs, liquorice, chocolate, spices and hints of leather. On the palate the body is round, with with firm, ripe tannins. This is a powerful, complex wine with a long finish, carrying through hints of walnuts, pepper and even red meat.