BODEGAS RIOJANAS D.O.CA. RIOJA
The Artacho family had a deep wine tradition when in 1890 they founded Bodegas Riojanas together with Rafael Carreras. A sign of this tradition is the stone door built in 1799 to provide access to the family vineyards and is now preserved at the entrance to our winery. Also very special are the prizes awarded to their wines before that foundation, like the golden prize at the Universal Exposition in Barcelona in 1888.Bodegas Riojanas has grown to be one of the most important wineries in Rioja and one of only 3 that are allowed to use “Rioja” as their brand name, after all, Bodegas Riojanas is living history of the region.
80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano
Viña Albina Reserva is an iconic Rioja wine. This Rioja Alta has been made since 1890; it is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 15% Mazuelo, and 5% Graciano grapes from the towns of Cenicero, San Vicente and Abalos in Rioja Alta. The grapes are harvested manually, with a strict selection of our best vineyards from old vines ‘bush planted’ (no trellis, no irrigation). The use of native yeasts and the minimal intervention in the vineyard and winery, result on a wine of truly Rioja personality. This Reserva is aged for 24 months in American oak barrels and left to rest at the winery’s bottle racks until its release. Dark cherry color and a nose that shows a bright and full expression of dark red fruits, vanilla, clove, fine leather, coffee bean or toffee, cocoa. Very elegant at the same time as intense, with a complex finish and tannins that are sweet and well balanced. Persistent and inviting finish.
Viña Albina Reserva
2016 Vintage: 92 Wine Enthusiast, Top 100 Wines of 2020
2017 Vintage: 92 Points James Suckling
80% Viura (also called Macabeo in other parts of Spain) and 20% Malvasia
Here’s a remarkable white Rioja. Made with 80% Viura (also called Macabeo in other parts of Spain) and 20% Malvasia, both traditional grapes in Rioja, Monte Real Blanco is fermented in new American oak casks. It is then left in contact with its lees for five months, with daily batonnage. It shows a light yellow color with an impressive complex nose that reveals the oak nuances in balance with the spices and fruit: vanilla, lavender, white pepper, pear, apricot. A bright acidity and balance weight in the mouth make this white Rioja a phenomenal example of traditional whites in this region.
Monte Real Blanco 2020
93 Points James Suckling
Monte Real Crianza is an iconic Rioja wine. Made as we know it since 1933 with 100% Tempranillo grapes from the town of Cenicero, in Rioja Alta, one of the most famous towns in La Rioja. This Crianza is aged for 18 months in American oak barrels and left to rest at the winery’s bottle racks until its release. It has an intense bright red color and a nose that shows a bright but full expression of Tempranillo and terroir. Beautifully balanced and complex, potent but with an elegant finish.
Monte Real Crianza 2018
92 Points with James Suckling
Monte Real Reserva is an iconic Rioja wine. Made as we know it since 1933. It is made with 100% Tempranillo grapes from the town of Cenicero, in Rioja Alta, one of the most famous towns in La Rioja. This Reserva is aged for 24 months in American oak barrels and left to rest at the wineries bottle racks for years before it is released.
Monte Real Reserva 2018
93 Points James Suckling