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Date Printed: 10/1/2014
Navarro Lopez Old Vine Gran Reserva 2004
Navarro Lopez Old Vine Gran Reserva 2004
(search item no. 115688)
The Wine Advocate rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/1/2014: $13.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The Old Vine Gran Reserva has an intense dark ruby red color, with a brick red shimmer at the edges –a sign of long aging. Complex aromas include spicy notes of black pepper, clove, nutmeg, balsamic fragrances and persistent toasted notes and coffee, combined with hints of fruit and liqueur. Due to its acid freshness, rich phenols, glycerine, and well-structured tannins, it is balanced and persistent, lengthening on the palate.

This wine is ideally served at room temperature to accompany beef, steaks, cured meats, braised dishes and mature cheeses.

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About Navarro Lopez:

The Bodegas Bemvinas winery was founded in 1904 as a modest family enterprise by Don Juan Megia Sanchez. The Spanish Civil War changed the family's fortune when the winery was confiscated by the Republican in 1936 and not returned to the Megia family until 1940--without the wine. The family started over, selling whole vintages in barrels. By the 1970s, the winery passed to the last living Megia, who sold it in the 1980s to the current owner, Don Doroteo Navarro Donado.

Don Doroteo immediately brought about a total re-vitalization and modernization of the property, which he renamed Bodegas Navarro Lopez.

A strict quality policy, moving from barrels to bottles, emphasizing single-vineyard and mono-varietal wines carrying the D.O. Valdepenas, as well as investments in state-of-the art winery equipment and technology, have been the keys to the success of Navarro Lopez as a rising star in the production of high-quality wines, in a region that is starting to be recognized as an important wine regions in Spain.

In the early 1990s, Don Doroteo bought two other wineries in the area, Bodegas Canadas and the Bodegas Nieto. The Estate consists today of 150 hectares, mostly planted to Tempranillo, Garnacha and Macabeo grapes, with over 8 million liters produced.