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Bodegas Primicia Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva Carravalseca 2001

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Date: January 2009 Tasting Bar Price: $1.80/taste Half Off Tuesday Price: $.90/taste90 pts -Robert ParkerThe 2001 Reserva is 100% Tempranillo from vines averaging over 45 years of age. It was aged for 14 months in American oak followed by 6 months in one-year-old French barrels. It is a dense purple-colored wine with an impressive bouquet of vanilla, spice box, blueberry and blackberry. Rich and structured, it exhibits additional notes of tobacco, black cherries, and black currants in its medium to full-bodied personality. Give it 2-3 years for further evolution and drink it over the following decade. It is also an outstanding value.

Region: Spain » Rioja

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Color: Red
Varietal: Tempranillo
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Bodegas Primicia:
Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th century onwards, the Church used to collect tithes from its serfs, consisting of one tenth of the harvest, including grapes, and also the primicias. Over five hundred years later, in 1973, Casa Primicia was showing signs of its great age. The time-worn wooden-framed roof was close to collapse, and th... Read more
Casa Primicia, the oldest building in the town of Laguardia, is the place where, from the 15th century onwards, the Church used to collect tithes from its serfs, consisting of one tenth of the harvest, including grapes, and also the primicias. Over five hundred years later, in 1973, Casa Primicia was showing signs of its great age. The time-worn wooden-framed roof was close to collapse, and the historic long cellars hadn't stored any wine for some time. A vine-grower from Laguardia, Julián Madrid, rescued this historic building, restoring the long cellars and making wine once more in the stone troughs. Through his pioneering spirit, Casa Primicia Wineries came into being. Casa Primicia Wineries has harvested numerous awards at national and international level. In recent years, it's the only winery in Spain that can claim to have won the Grand Prix d'Honneur at the prestigious Bordeaux Fair in 1993 and the prize for Best European Wine at the 2002 Japan Wine Challenge in Tokyo. In 2007 three of the winery's wines, Curium, Carravalseca and Primicia Reserve, made it over the 90-point bar in North American critic Robert Parker's famed list, in addition to the distinction conferred on Casa Primicia Wineries' wines each year in the main national and international magazines. Read less

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Snooth User: winolee
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3.00 5
10/29/2008

I almost missed an opportunity to fully appreciate this wine. It was on the 3rd day (1st day, left the bottle uncorked for 3 hrs, then corked with vacu vin) where it took a turn to the positive. Nose is nothing to write home about, but tastes of fleshy plum resonates. You will get a little black pepper spice action too, and a bit of tobacco at the end. I enjoyed it and would have rated it higher except it was a bit tannic at the end for me, which threw the balance off. This bottle definitely serves as a reminder for me to not discount the value of decanting - even in lower priced wines - to achieve its maximum potential.



Date: January 2009 Tasting Bar Price: $1.80/taste Half Off Tuesday Price: $.90/taste90 pts -Robert ParkerThe 2001 Reserva is 100% Tempranillo from vines averaging over 45 years of age. It was aged for 14 months in American oak followed by 6 months in one-year-old French barrels. It is a dense purple-colored wine with an impressive bouquet of vanilla, spice box, blueberry and blackberry. Rich and structured, it exhibits additional notes of tobacco, black cherries, and black currants in its medium to full-bodied personality. Give it 2-3 years for further evolution and drink it over the following decade. It is also an outstanding value.

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