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Date Printed: 8/1/2014
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2001
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2001
(search item no. 90811)
Wine & Spirits rating: 90 points
PRICE ON 8/1/2014: $17.79

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
1998 Wine & Spirits rating: 91 points
1996 International Wine Cellar rating: 90 points
1995 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Color: An intense and very deep cherry-pomegranate color with ruby tones, clean and brilliant.

Bouquet: Deep and fruity with a perfect touch of oak integrated into the ripened fruit.

Taste: Powerful and full-bodied although soft, round and velvety, it fills the mouth with ripe blackberries and firm tannins. Very well-structured, with a long, elegant finish.

Food pairings: An ideal accompaniment to red meat, especially when grilled, and all kinds of roasted meats, including those that are well-spiced. As a powerful wine, it also reinforces the flavors of strong and well-cured cheeses, such as Blue Cheese and Roquefort.

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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.