2010 Luberri Rioja Joven Orlegi

Year: 2010
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 88
Vinous Media: 90
Red Wine
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"The 2010 Orlegy is an unoaked cuvee fermented with native yeasts. It is a very perfumed effort with plenty of spice and black fruit characteristics. Savory, ripe, and easygoing, this tasty effort will provide enjoyment for another 4-5 years.

Luberri is located in El Ciego in the heart of Rioja Alavesa. The estate consists of 35 hectares of old vines. All three wines presented (100% Tempranillo) are excellent to outstanding values." (WA)

"(100% tempranillo): Vivid red. Floral- and spice-accented aromas of red fruits, rose and minerals; smells like a Dujac wine. Seductively perfumed in the mouth, with juicy raspberry and floral pastille flavors dominating. Shows impressive clarity and spiciness on the long, sweet finish. This is extremely easy to drink." (IWC)

"From now on, the following note goes at the top of every Spanish wine post. Disclaimer: Spain has, by far, the best wine values in the world.

Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the latest value. Any Rioja under $10 is likely a good deal, since Rioja is arguably the most prestigious region in Spain. So when I came across this 88 pointer for $9.95, I had to try it. What’s the worst that could happen? I’m out $10? Well, for me, not quite actually. You see every wine I drink has an opportunity cost. What’s the opportunity? A better wine of course. I can only drink so much wine and could never hope to taste every wine in the world, so a crappy bottle isn’t just a waste of money, it’s a waste of the experience of drinking another, better wine. (Cue wife’s rolling of the eyes).

Luckily tonight it was both money and opportunity well spent with the 2010 Luberri Joven Orlegi – a wine clearly not named for the US market. This is an unoaked wine so it relies completely on the quality of its fruit for its flavor. Those flavors are bright, fruity and polished with beautiful Tempranillo aromas. It’s not sweet, a common flaw with low priced wines that don’t have the tannic structure to support the sugar. Rather this wine is balanced with nice mineral flavors, if slightly on the lighter side.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate calls the 2010 Orlegi an outstanding value and I couldn’t agree more. The only opportunity cost with this wine is the cost of missing the opportunity to buy it." (Nickel & Dime)

Winery Notes:
Wine Maker Notes
Orlegi is a return to the traditional light, fruit-forward wines of Rioja Alavesa. Utilizing whole-cluster fermentation for some of the grapes and indigenous yeasts we've crafted the classic, young Tempranillo from Rioja.

Tasting Notes
Bright fruit and berries on the nose. On the palate the wine is vivacious, soft and rich. Just right.

In the Rioja Alevesa town of Elciego, Florentino Martinez Monje toils away at his Luberri winery. He founded the winery in 1991 after leaving his position as the original winemaker for Artadi. Florentino is very hands-on with his Luberri wines. Overseeing every step of the winemaking process, he ensures that great care is being taken with his wine. But Florentino’s true passion is not to be locked up in the winery but to be in the vineyards, farming the land. He has a non-interventionalist approach to his vineyards, preferring the fruit to grow naturally in accordance with the microclimate here in Elciego. He keeps yields low and ensures that the fruit is concentrated and healthy.

Orlegi is a return to the traditional light, fruit-forward wines of Rioja Alavesa. Utilizing whole-cluster fermentation for some of the grapes and indigenous yeasts Luberri has crafted the classic, young Tempranillo from Rioja.