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Date Printed: 8/29/2014
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 1996
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 1996
(search item no. 40312)
International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/29/2014: $19.49

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2003 The Wine News rating: 90 points
2001 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

A brilliant ruby red wine with brick-red highlights, Montecillo Reserva is well structured and balanced, with plenty of body and length and an elegantly youthful bouquet. As befits a Reserva Rioja, it is made from tempranillo grapes which are harvested in the Rioja Alta area.
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About Bodegas Montecillo:

Bodegas Montecillo was founded by Celestino Navajas in 1874 in the town of Fuenmayor in Spain's Rioja Alta region, the major and most traditional winemaking region in Spain. Thanks to the expertise that his son Alejandro acquired in France, the bodega was one of the first to adapt Bordeaux winemaking techniques to Spanish grapes, earning the reputation and prestige that it still enjoys today.

In 1973, Bodegas Montecillo was acquired by Osborne y Cía. Osborne has continued the unique quality and traditions of the winery, including aging the wines exclusively in French oak barrels, which are handmade at the winery's own cooperage, and the use of 100% Tempranillo grapes for its red wines. Montecillo also boasts one of the most well-known female winemakers in Spain, Maria Martinez Sierra, who consistently produces fine wines year after year.