A classic Rioja producer to put on the radar.
Rioja Grand Reserva
Only 24 bottles in stock this week!
We were put on a special search for old school Rioja from one of our good clients recently, and in hindsight are very happy he did so as we uncovered a new gem for us and a very exciting producer of classically styled Rioja that we weren’t familiar with in the past. Bodegas Akutain. High up in the Rioja Alta district of the appellation, all indigenous yeast fermentation, aging in older oak, etc etc. Really fun stuff that is going to turn a few heads and comes in at very fair pricing for this level of quality. A nice Gilman note below in his recent issue, and very tiny amounts brought in by José Pastor, without a doubt the most exciting importer of traditional Spanish wines here in the US today.
John Gilman 94 points! “The 2004 Rioja Gran Reserva from Bodegas Akutain is a lovely the elegant side of Rioja Alta fruit, as it offers up a complex and utterly classic bouquet of plums, raspberries, cigar smoke, an impressively complex base of soil tones, cloves and toasted coconut. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and vibrant, with a great core of fruit, impeccable balance, lovely complexity and a very long, bright and classy finish. Just a great bottle of old school Rioja!”