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Viña Real Gran Reserva 2016

Viña Real Gran Reserva

2016
Classic and majestic
95
PARKER
95
SUCKLING
-10%

£34.25

£30.83

/ 0.75 L btl
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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
Region
Grapes
Producer
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti13.5%
Production30,000 bottles

The wine

All the Cvne group wines, under the Cune, Viña Real and Contino labels, share the same level of quality but each has its own personality. Even ones from the same area such as Viña Real and Contino wines from Rioja Alavesa show significant differences. The best and most enjoyable way to appreciate their different profiles and decide which one you prefer is by trying and comparing them.

If you are looking for a classic wine, Viña Real Gran Reserva is just the thing. A classic Rioja but with character, combining tradition and innovation with its own style. At first, it seems to be one more well-concentrated modern blend but it is much more than this. Agile on the palate, it is a splendid wine brimming with freshness and the promise of a long life ahead of it. It is actually almost a single-varietal Tempranillo, but also includes 5% of Graciano. Wonderfully seductive, elegant, and balanced aromas delight the nose with fragrances of cherries, spices, incense, a light floral touch and smoked meat... An honest expression of Rioja and the Cvne guarantee of quality, all for an excellent price.

What does this wine taste like?

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Garnet / Quite opaque
Bouquet
Ripe fruit / Spicy notes / Balsamic aromas / Roasted notes / Slightly smoked
Mouth
Elegant / Complex / Rounded / Structured / Long / Persistent

Drinking and storing

Serve between 16ºC and 18ºC

Food pairing

Red meats / Cured cheeses / Oily fish

Ratings and awards

201695 PK95 SK
201591 PN96 SK
201494 PK92 PN93 SK91 DC
201392 PK92 SK
201293 PK92 PN
201191 PN95 SK
PK: ParkerPN: PeñínSK: SucklingDC: Decanter

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker and Suckling

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.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 95 PARKER

A tight and taut red. Firm, very resolved and polished. Medium body. Juicy and beautiful. Long and very pretty. Coats your mouth with ripe tannins. Drink now.

— James Suckling (26/07/2019)JamesSuckling.com Vintage 2014 - 93 SUCKLING

Customer reviews

5.0/5
6 reviews
Vintage:

Winemaking

Vinification materialStainless steel
Ageing period24 months
Barrel ageNew and one wine
Type of woodFrench and American oak

Vineyards

SoilCalcareous-clay
OrientationSouth
Altitude575.00 meters

The winery

Viña Real

Viña Real

The Viña Real brand was created in 1960 by Cvne, the founding winery of the group which also includes Viñedos del Contino. Although the first wines to be released onto the market and made with Viña Real grapes (in the Elciego area and close to the old royal road, the Camino Real, hence the name) date back to 1920. Today, looking to over a 100 years of Cvne experience, the new Viña Real winery offers modern-style wines that are well prepared for a...

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