Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their July 2017 edition review of Weekday Wines (under £25) (see blue link below).
A 'Joven-style' red exhibiting freshness and purity. Berry-bright and fresh with suggestion of cherry blossom, it has gentle fruit jelly glycerol up front, yielding to finely-grained crunchy tannins, with good length and gentle closing acidity.
This red wine is made from a grape variety indigenous to Spain called Merenzao. It has flavours of juicy red fruit, a smooth mouth feel and some mineral flavours too.
Bright, cherry red in appearance, the nose is full of intense red and black fruit aromas with just a hint of vanilla. The palate is well-balanced with a rich ripe fruit character and warm finish.
The grapes for this wine were collected at the beginning of October. Following harvest the grapes underwent cold maceration for a few days in order to extract aromas and colour however not tannins. Alcoholic fermentation took place at low temperature of less than 26ºC with periodic pumping over. The wine was then aged in mixed oak barrels of American staves and French tops for 12 months giving both vanilla notes from the American oak and spice from the French oak. The wine was bottled in January 2016 and remained in bottle for 3 months before being released to the market.
This Beronia Crianza shows an intense cherry colour. Attractive nose with red fruits and floral aromas in perfect harmony with mineral and cocoa notes. A balanced and sweet palate with the fruit and liquorice standing out over a base of chocolate and coffee. Persistant and well structured.
This wine is made using the following grapes: 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo.
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.
Made from 82% Tempranillo, 14% Garnacha and 4% Mazuelo. The wine is aged 12 months in barrel and 12 months in bottle prior to release. Aromas of vanilla, raspberry and cherry dominate the bouquet. The palate is fresh and fruity with a rich and powerful finish.
This bright and refreshing wine has concentrated aromas and flavours of red fruits, liquorice and eucalyptus. Full-bodied, with an elegant balance of freshness, fruitiness and tannins.
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.
A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo & 10% Garnacha make up this Reserva. The wine spends a minimum of 12 months in French and American oak and a further 24 months in bottle before release. Ripe cherries and Vanilla are in abundance in this wine.