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Rioja Gran Riserva 1996 Urbina

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One Line Description Urbina Rioja Gran Reserva offers a garnet-red colour, splendid maturity, complexity on the nose, the palate is seen in the harmonious and balanced oak and fruit tannins, elegant and velvety soft, and wonderful length.
Production Method Natural
Country Spain Spanish
Region Rioja, Spain
Producer Urbina
Vintage 1996
Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Medium bodied
Grape Blend 90% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano and 5% Mazuelo
Alcohol 13%
Maturation Macerated the last 28 days, followed by 24 months in oak and 48 months in bottle
Production Detail Organic fertilization in order to keep soil richness and structure. Wild yeast for fermentation.
Decanter Specialist Organic Wine Retailer 2017 Winner


A family-run estate that practises organic methods (not certified). The bodega is situated in Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón, on the north-western edge of Rioja. It is an area that produces wines with a great capacity for ageing, and is therefore excellent for the production of great wines – Reservas and Gran Reservas. Bdgs Benito Urbina, a family-owned, single estate winery, has 75 hectares of vineyards, 65 of Tempranillo, and 10 of Graziano, Mazuelo and Viura. Total production is about 460,000 kilos. Four generations of the family have dedicated themselves to the cultivation of their vineyards and the production of wine. In 1975 the bodega began to age and bottle their own wine in order to retain the special characteristics of a smaller single estate. Their sole objective, the production of quality wines, has been achieved as the result of careful viticulture using traditional techniques, harvesting by hand and avoiding the use of weed killers and pesticides. There has been a large investment in modern installations, de-stalking machinery, stainless steel fermentation tanks and bottling machinery. The Urbina crianza (12 months in American oak, 6 months in bottle) is a blend of Tempranillo with a little Graziano and is deliciously smooth with ripe damson fruit and a touch of mint from the oak. The Reserva contains Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Graziano and has more complex, caramelised aromas. The Gran Reserva 96 is as polished as beeswaxed pieces of mahogany furniture in a stately home and age disgracefully well. All the wines are unfiltered. They are also great value for money.
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