Robert Parker 95
The extremely affordable 2016 Viña Real Gran Reserva Especial recovers the “Especial” mention from the old Reserva Especial vintages from a very good year. It’s a classical Rioja Alavesa blend of 95% Tempranillo with 5% Graciano from their own vineyards. It’s open and expressive, with notes of berries, fresh blood and iron, orange peel and sweet spices with the oak still present and in need of some more time in bottle. The palate is medium-bodied and feels lean and serious, with abundant chalky tannins. This should be a classical vintage of this wine in the making. It matured in barrel for two years and no less than three in bottle. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in March 2019.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2034