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Ysios Reserva 2004

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
  • WE89
  • WS87
13.9% ABV
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13.9% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Attractive ruby red colour. Good intensity on the nose. Ripe, dark fruit aromas with a marked, elegant reminder of toasted oak. Supple and concentrated on the palate with well assembled tannins. Good balance and a long, very persistent finish.

Thanks to its acidity and smooth mouth-feel this wine will go well with virtually any dish. It is a good red wine for oily fish, and of course with meat and game.

Critical Acclaim

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WE 89
Wine Enthusiast
Ysios is the wavy-roofed, Calatrava-designed winery that graces all those postcards from Rioja. But over the years this Pernod Ricard property has struggled with consistency. Nevertheless, the 2004 is probably the best wine to date from Ysios; it offers creamy but fresh berry aromas backed by cherry, raspberry and plum flavors. With mocha and chocolate on the finish, it has a bit of everything that we’re looking for. Just shy of the 90-point range, but like we said, it’s Ysios’ best wine so far.
WS 87
Wine Spectator
Smoke and tar notes frame plum, mineral and chocolate flavors in this generous red. Maturing now, but the firm tannins keep it focused. Drink now through 2011. 2,500 cases imported.
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Ysios, Rioja, Spain
The bodega is located in the Carravacas estate (Laguardia) right in the heart of the Rioja Alavesa.

The bodega farms a total cultivated area of vineyards that is over 123 acres of Tempranillo with an average age of 25 to 30 years. These vineyards are divided into 12 lots that are harvested by hand and the grapes are vinified separately so that each lot can express all of its unique character.

Diego Pinilla, joined Ysios when it was still at the drawing board stage. He has been involved from the outset in the design of the cellar building and the conception of the wine. This will be his fourth vintage at Ysios. "For me, it is vital that the wine should have great delicacy and elegance on the nose. With Ysios Vendimia Seleccionada we have achieved a velvety, syrupy wine with a long finish. A modern wine, but clearly a Rioja"
- Diego Pinilla

Highly regarded for distinctive and age-worthy red wines, Rioja is Spain’s most celebrated wine region. Made up of three different sub-regions of varying elevation: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Baja. Wines are typically a blend of fruit from all three, although single-zone wines are beginning to gain in popularity. Rioja Alta, at the highest elevation, is considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier Rioja Baja produce wines with deep color and higher alcohol, which can add great body and richness to a blend.

Fresh and fruity Riojas labeled, Joven, (meaning young) see minimal aging before release, but more serious Rioja wines undergo multiple years in oak. Crianza and Reserva styles are aged around six months to one year in oak, and Gran Reserva at least two (plus three years in bottle), but in practice this maturation period is often quite a bit longer—up to about fifteen years.

Tempranillo provides the backbone of Rioja red wines, adding complex notes of red and black fruit, leather, toast and tobacco, while Garnacha supplies body. In smaller percentages, Graciano and Mazuelo (Carignan) often serve as “seasoning” with additional flavors and aromas. These same varieties are responsible for flavorful dry rosés.

White wines, typically balancing freshness with complexity, are made mostly from crisp, fresh Viura. Some whites are blends of Viura with aromatic Malvasia, and then barrel fermented and aged to make a more ample, richer style of white.


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Notoriously food-friendly with soft tannins and a bright acidity, Tempranillo is the star of Spain’s Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions and important throughout most of Spain. Depending on location, it takes on a few synonyms; in Penedès, it is known as Ull de Llebre and in Valdepeñas, goes by Cencibel. Furthermore in Portugal, known as Tinta Roriz, it is a key component both in Port and the dry red wines of the Douro. The New World regions of California, Washington and Oregon have all had success with Tempranillo, producing a ripe, amicable and fruit-dominant style of red.

In the Glass

Tempranillo produces medium-weight reds with strawberry and black fruit characteristics and depending on yield, growing conditions and winemaking, can produce hints of spice, toast, leather, tobacco, herb or vanilla.

Perfect Pairings

Tempranillo’s modest, fine-grained tannins and good acidity make it extremely food friendly. Pair these with a wide variety of Spanish-inspired dishes—especially grilled lamb chops, a rich chorizo and bean stew or paella.

Sommelier Secret

The Spanish take their oak aging requirements very seriously, especially in Rioja. There, a naming system is in place to indicate how much time the wine has spent in both barrel and bottle before release. Rioja labeled Joven (a fresh and fruity style) spends a year or less in oak, whereas Gran Reserva (complex and age-worthy) must be matured for a minimum of two years in oak and three years in bottle before release. Requirements on Crianza and Reserva fall somewhere in between.

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