Montebuena Rioja 2009
Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
Produced from 100% Tempranillo grapes, which are hand harvested from the Montebuena vineyard.
Brilliant deep ruby red color, fruity aromas. Montebuena Red has a spicy vanilla bouquet and is smooth and fruity in the mouth with some well-integrated secondary nuances, full-flavored and a persistent pleasant finish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Montebuena is 100% Tempranillo. Dark ruby-colored, it offers an appealing perfume of spice box, leather, tobacco, and blackberry. On the palate it is packed with ripe fruit, has outstanding concentration, and impeccable balance. It is a great bargain that offers a sneak preview of the great 2009 vintage in Rioja and northern Spain in general. It should drink well for 6-8 years."
Montebuena is produced by Bodegas Burgo Viejo that were founded in 1987 by six families of farmers. Burgo Viejo's main asset has always been the exquisite winemaking process of grapes collected from its own vineyards throughout the years, back to the times when they were just a wine cellar selling in bulk (they started as a cooperative in the 1950's). Young Gorka Etxebarria is the leading winemaker and has been working with Burgo Viejo since December 2003. View all Montebuena Wines
About RiojaView a map of Rioja wineries (ree-OH-hah) 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 (Grenache), which is sometimes added for body, then Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan). The region also makes roses. For whites, the main grape is Viura (or Macebo), producing fresh, early-drinking wines. Malvasia, the grape that was once the most planted white, is found less often.
Notable FactsThe Rioja wine trade is somewhat confusing. Grapes are typically brought to a merchant's bodega from one of the 20,000+ growers in the region, or via a cooperative. The wine is then bottled and labelled by that bodega. Rioja's Consejo Regulador keeps track of all vineyards and bodegas to make sure they are following the DOCa regulations. Put in place to ensure quality, the system also controls prices.
As with the rest of Spain, the wine label may state Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, depending on barrel & bottle maturation. Crianzas are usually found within two years of the vintage and offer fresh, ripe wines. Reserva and Gran Reserva will be found a few years after the vintage, as the bodega will be aging the wines in barrel and bottle before release. Both typically show more secondary characteristics of spice and oak ageing.
The most popular red varieties of Spain include Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache). Whites don't garner quite as much recognition, but there are some regional varieties not to be missed, like Albarino and Verdejo. The popular red regions of Spain include Rioja, known for its outstanding wines of the Tempranillo grape; Ribera del Duero, producing high quality reds from Tempranillo and Garnacha; Galacia, with the sub-region of Rias Baixas, home to the deliciously crisp and floral Albarino grape; and Priorat, a region increasing in popularity with its high-quality cult reds. Other regions of note are Rueda, growing the Verdejo grape, La Mancha, a wide desert region, covered in the most planted white variety in the world, Airen, and Jumilla, making wines based on Monastrell (Mourvedre).
Spain's wine laws are based on the Denominacion de Origen (DO) classification system, devised in the 1930's. A four tiered system, the most basic level is Vina de Mesa (table wine) followed by Vino de la Tierra (country wine), DO and at the top DOC. Currently, only Rioja and Priorat have DOC status, while over 65 DO's scatter the country.
Most DO regions are classified and regulated by how long they age the wines. On a red wine label, one may find the terms Crianza, Reserva or Gran Reserva, denoting the wine's barrel and bottle time. Crianza is usually two years between barrel and bottle (the time in each depends on the DO and/or the winemaker), Reserva up to 4 years and Gran Reserva 5 – 6 years. Classifications of each region and wine are controlled by the region's Consejo Regulador.
Customer ReviewsSign In to Add Your Review33.1 out of 5 stars
35 ratings, 8 with reviews22/6/2012Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX32/5/2012Mathew Aiken - Minneapolis, MN11/19/2012I didnt enjoy the bottle I received at a local restaurant tonight. At first taste it seemed to have earthy tones which I can enjoy in a wine. I found myself gradually relating its smell and taste to that of a farm (the unpleasant kind). As we brought it home a while later and tried it with a clear palate, it did not improve. I won't say don't try this wine but I will say that my experience with it has been memorable. I won't be purchasing this wine again.Lars Christensen - Lubbock, TX21/17/201231/6/2012This was just ok, rather smooth but thingideon magnus - Chicago, IL31/6/2012Matt J. - Windham, NH412/28/2011BarnDee - Oak Harbor, WA512/21/2011
I received this as a gift and drank it last night. Wow! I was really impressed with how smooth this wine was. This is the best Rioja I have had in a while. I only received one bottle, the others will be on me. Yum!badgergrad96 - Washington, DC512/20/2011511/23/2011I love this wine because it is just so drinkable. Its like an old friend that you can hang out with in any situation and not have to put on airs. It pairs nicely with anything that we have ever grilled; meat or vegetable.Jim C -- Kansas City - Kansas City, MO311/22/2011David Carpenter - Encino, CA411/17/2011110/26/2011This wine was rough to start. Opened it up 2 hours before serving, still needed to go through the vinturi another time. Of the 9 Tempranillos we poured at our party this was one of the least favorite.39/30/2011Fine for a casual cheap no thrills bottle.coffeemike - Anchorage, AK48/15/2011Mark Hancock - Chicago, IL38/10/201146/28/2011Karlo - New York, NY34/15/2011
- Smooth & Supple
SteveY - Willoughby, OH31/30/2011Light, smooth and little tannin. Fruit forward with almost no finish. Not great, but for $10, no complaints. Perhaps a monastrell offers better bang for dollar.111/22/2010In the glass the wine is deep purple with legs that stain the crystal. The nose is brash and the wine is not well balanced.
- Earthy & Spicy