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Bodegas Benito Urbina Rioja Reserva Especial 1998

Spain Rioja



Smooth, gamey, herbal


Tempranillo & 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano


Pedro Urbina is not only charming, he is a fascinating winemaker who instantly captures your attention.  We listened intently as he explained his philosophy for releasing his wines at a much older stage, which simply put, is down to the low yielding complexity and quality of the family's old vineyards.

This 1998 Reseva has a beautiful orange hue, instantly deomonstrating is maturity.  Yet, it's amazingly fresh.  The aromas are gamey, as are the flavours with an attractive hint of wild herbs in the background.  Acidity keeps the wine's structure and lasting potential.  A simply extraodinary wine and one that any real Rioja lover will fall in love with instantly!

Our advice is to enjoy this right now straight from the bottle.  Decant if you wish, but take care not to over-aerate for too long - old wines need to be managed carefully.

Last tasted by Hannibal - 30th November 2017



Pedro Urbina suggests Pigeon or other gamey dishes. 


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