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Date Printed: 9/21/2014
Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2000
Marques de Caceres Rioja Gran Reserva 2000
(search item no. 91443)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 9/21/2014: $29.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1994 Wine & Spirits rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Blend: 85% Tempranillo, 15% Graciano and Garnacha Tinta

Dark, garnet red color. Complex bouquet that opens out with notes of slightly spiced blackberries and a hint of refined leather. Very full in the mouth, where this superb wine reveals its character that comes through with fleshy fruit and good structure in which slightly chalky tannins highlight its fullness. Fresh, long-lasting finish.

This is an ideal wine to accompany game dishes in sauce or ragout, lamb or beef with spices (roast, stewed or grilled), and mature blue cheese.

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About Marques de Caceres:

Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.

The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.

Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.