Viña Los Valles was the first organic wine from Bodegas Vinícola Real, launched in 2000. It is also our first "official" staff pick! Vinicola Real uses only organic, natural farming practices thus preserving the natural cycles of the earth, and letting the soils recover and recycle themselves using ancestral agronomical methods. This attenion to the ecosystem results in genuine, natural, honest wines which respect and reflect their terroir.
90% Tempranillo and 10% Garnacha, the grapes are harvested manually in 15-kilo tubs from vines with an average age of more than 25 years. “Deep ruby red with complex aromas of spices and forest scents. Powerful on the palate, with a good structure and hints of soft tannins and spices on the long, elegant finish”. $13.99
Here, we travel to the Rioja wine region in Spain where Tempranillo is king and American oak barrels are used prodigiously in the wine making process. The term ‘Crianza’ refers to a wine that has been aged for a minimum of 2 years with 6 months of oak aging.
This is a SPECTACULAR Rioja for the price!
“… The nose demands coaxing from the glass, but it eventually offers a crisp, natural bouquet of dark berries, burnt toast and singed leather. The palate is very well balanced, with lithe tannins that caress the mouth. The oak is seamlessly integrated towards the lingering, supple finish. This is a very well-crafted, natural Rioja."
- 91 Points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
In 1972, Bodegas LAN was founded and named after the initials of the 3 provinces in the Rioja Designation of Origin of Spain: La Rioja; Alava; Navarra. Bodegas LAN is located in the heart of Rioja Alta. The vineyard is situated in a breathtaking portion of the River Ebro. The vineyard occupies an area in which the climate, river and soil endow already exceptional grapes with a unique personality.
"Fresh and balanced, this red brims with cherry, spice and licorice, with light, firm tannins and vibrant acidity. The texture is generous yet delicate. Not heavy, but vivacious. Drink now through 2014. 200,000 cases made." – 90 Pts from Wine Spectator.
On the nose it smells of sour cherries, herbs, forest undergrowth, mulch, and mushrooms. It’s palate delivers herbal and rustic qualities, with enough tannin to help it pair well with hearty food. It is dry, well-balanced and showing great development. Cold starters, pasta and cheeses will pair exceptionally well with this wine.