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Date Printed: 8/28/2014
Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2001
Bodegas Montecillo Gran Reserva 2001
(search item no. 94263)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 91 points
PRICE ON 8/28/2014: $22.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1996 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1995 Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
1994 Wine Spectator rating: 91 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: A cherry-garnet color, deep, covered, clean and brilliant.

Bouquet: Complex and elegant aromas of ripe fruit, dominated by scents typical of the Tempranillo grape, but with balsamic tones and touches of oak.

Taste: Full-bodied, rich, spicy, intense, flavorful, concentrated, very complex, and extraordinarily lively. Warm and powerful, with notes of pepper and cloves. Thanks to its excellent structure and great tannic strength, it has a very long and persistent finish.

Excellent with all kinds of meat, it particularly highlights finer dishes made with big game, such as venison. It also pairs exquisitely with any dish made with strong cheeses or with very aromatic sauces.

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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.