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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

We may well open a bottle of Reserva from La Rioja with some preconceived ideas. Perhaps bottles we've come across in the past make us conjure up a wine of delicate intensity, dominated by the aromas of leather and old wood. Yet all this imaginary conjecture vanishes on sensing the first aromas of the La Vicalanda Reserva, and even earlier we'd dare say.

Once in the glass it appears lively, intense and modern. It has slow, plentiful tears and an intense colour. Its 14 months of ageing have done nothing but bestow complexity and profundity on the wine. The fruit is still very much in evidence and the oak is there as a companion, like a dancing duo who know how to keep in perfect step; nobody treads on anybody else's toes. You'll recognise in it aromas of cedar wood and tobacco leaves, but also those of ripe black fruit and violets. The tannins from the wood and juiciness of the fruit intermingle to form a harmonious whole which rounds off a splendid passage with spicy hints and a magnificent aftertaste that's balsamic and very long.

Serve it between 16 and 18 degrees, accompanied by some fine lamb ribs or a good game dish and it'll be imprinted on your memory forever.

What does this wine taste like?

Garnet / Intense / Purplish glints
Elegant / Higly aromatic / Fruit aromas / Black fruit / Roasted notes / Balsamic notes / Mineral notes
Powerful / Structured / Long / With body / Balanced

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Any type of meat / Roast lamb / Cured cheeses / Serrano ham / Game dishes / Vegetables / Rice dishes

Ratings and awards

201493 PN
PN: Peñín

Customer reviews

4 reviews


Ageing period14 months
Barrel ageNew and semi-new
Type of woodFrench oak

The winery

Bodegas Bilbaínas

Bodegas Bilbaínas

Bodegas Bilbainas was established in 1901, when a group of Bilbao businessmen bought the winery from French producers who had created it in 1859 as a result of the phylloxera crisis in Bordeaux. Reference brand of Rioja red for many years, currently Bodegas Bilbainas is the largest vineyard owner in La Rioja Alta, with more than 250 hectares located in the municipality of Haro. Since its origins, the winery has specialized in farm wines that it produces based on the type of...