Castillo Labastida Reserva Tempranillo 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Item No. 102070
  • red wine
  • RP90
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Winemaker's Notes

Intense, complex, pleasant and ever-changing: the wine slowly reveals its nuances after it has been opened. With a fully ripe fruit base with notes of cocoa, morello cherries, spices and a touch of smokiness. With more time in the glass, the wine unveils flavors of toasted wood: the wood is perfectly integrated, remaining noticeable without making the fruity character of the wine. Within a few months it will develop potent complexity. Probably one of the best Castillo Labastida Reserves to date.

Full-flavored on the attack with a base of wild berries as the main sapid sensation, by way of a mixture of jam, sweets and macerated sloes. A slight velvet feel, with a liqueur finish. A lightly velvety touch, with hints of dairy and liquorice. Persistent and warm.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2004 Labastida Reserva is a traditionally styled Rioja made from 100% Tempranillo that was aged for 16 months in seasoned French and American oak. Bright cherry red in color, the nose reveals smoke, mineral, leather, and black cherry. This leads to an elegantly styled wine with nicely integrated oak, wild berry flavors, excellent depth, and enough structure to evolve for another 2-3 years. It will offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2020. "
90 Points

Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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