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Date Printed: 12/22/2014
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2003
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva 2003
(search item no. 96036)

PRICE ON 12/22/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2009 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2008 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2006 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points
2005 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2001 Wine & Spirits 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:

Clean and briliant coloring with deep cherry red hues and a russet rim. The bouquet is filled with notes of spice, vanilla, and black fruits, rounded by an elegant touch oak. On the palate there is good structure and elegant tannins with spice and ageing notes. Enjoy the long finish and pleasant aftertaste of this wine.

An ideal companion for grilled or barbecued red meat and all types of stew, including spicy dishes. A powerful wine, it also enhances the flavor of fish such as tuna, salmon or cod.

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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.