93pts Tim Atkin
There was no 2013 release of this wine, but the 2014 is back with a flourish. Marrying Tempranillo with 10% of Garnacha, Graciano and Mazuelo, it’s another red that shows the freshness, acidity and density of Rioja Alavesa fruit, a stemmy, herbal note and crunchy black fruits. 2019-28. Alcohol: 14%
91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Cropped from a somewhat challenging year, the 2014 Viña Real Reserva was harvested between the 29th of September and the 21st of October. It's a blend of Tempranillo with 10% split between Garnacha, Mazuelo and Graciano. It fermented in stainless steel vats and aged in new oak barriques for 22 months with rackings every four months. It felt quite subtle, clean and with nice balance between ripeness and freshness. There is some complexity, with changing aromas, developing notes of licorice. It's quite gentle, with a soft, velvety texture, fine tannins and lively acidity. Rating: 91+
Burgundy red color with garnet tones on the meniscus. High and persistent aromatic intensity, highlighting the forest fruits in jam. Also licorice, very typical from the variety, all well assembled with the roasted aromas coming from aging in barrels as spices and balsamic. In the mouth it presents itself as a structured wine, with body and vigorous tannins very present and well rounded.
Pair with red meat and fatty fish.
Blend: 90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, Manzuelo and Graciano.