2008 La Antigua Clasico Rioja Reserva

Year: 2008
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Advocate: 90
James Suckling: 94
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
Price :
$19.95

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60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano

"This supple red offers dried cherry, tobacco, vanilla and toasted spice flavors in a graceful texture, with light tannins and orange peel acidity. Harmonious, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2020. 1,500 cases made. –TM " (WS)

"There is also a 2008 La Antigua Clásico Reserva, in this case a blend of 60% Garnacha, 30% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano; the wine matured in oak barrels (60% French, the rest American) for four years, plus three years in tank before it was bottled in October 2015. Curiously enough, I feel the aromas of the Garnacha less and it feels like a more serious wine; perhaps it's the vintage. The oak is nicely integrated, the long ageing has polished all possible edges and the wine is sleek and silky, with fully-resolved tannins and integrated acidity. This one is ready to be enjoyed. 22,000 bottles produced.

CVA is the acronym for Compañía de Vinos del Atlántico, the négociant arm of American importers Ole and Peninsula Imports. They have a full range of Riojas that I had never before tasted. Accessible and highly drinkable wines." (WA)

"Complex, layered and enticing nose of ripe strawberries, dried flowers and meat as well as porcini undertones. Full and velvety with ripe and soft tannins that follow through to a long, soft and slightly sweet finish. Harmonious and classy. Old-style. 65% garnacha, 20% tempranilo and some graciano. Drink now." (JS)

Winery Notes:
La Antigua is a unique wine coming from one of the most special and unknown territories of the Rioja region. Geographically speaking, Rioja is a valley that goes from East to West. Located to the north the mountains of Sierra Cantabria and to the South the unknown mountains of Sierra de La Demanda, where La Antigua vineyards are located. The northern facing vineyards of Sierra de la Demanda experience cooler temperatures resulting in grapes that are able to ripen more slowly hence showcasing flavors of greater balance and focus. In addition to the cooler conditions of this area, La Antigua is a place where the parcels are extremely small and steep. This terrain is almost impossible to mechanize, all the important vineyard work needs to be done by hand. The majority of the people who own these vineyards are local farmers who do not make wine, they only grow grapes, which in exchange they sell at top prices to the big bodegas mostly located in the north of the valley near the train tracks. In the case of La Antigua, both the vineyard work and winemaking is handled by the same people. This farm-winemaking unity is always a key factor to fashioning superior wines. Lastly and most importantly in Sierra de La Demanda we find among the oldest garnacha vines of Rioja. La Antigua Clasico reserva is a wine of place. It is 100% from Sierra de la Demanda, a place of longevity, precision and minerality.