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Date Printed: 4/19/2014
Montecillo Gran Reserva 1996
Montecillo Gran Reserva 1996
(search item no. 80817)
Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 4/19/2014: $24.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The very limited production of this wine begins with the careful selection of the best grapes from years in which the harvest is considered to be exceptional. After a lengthy maturation period in oak barrels, and a further prolonged ageing and refining process in the bottle, the resulting wine is a brilliant and intense ruby red with brick-red highlights, polished and elegant, and showing all the personality of a great Rioja wine.
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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.