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2005 Vina Olabarri Gran Reserva RiojaTempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz from Spain


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Wine: "Ruby with brick-red glints, proper of a careful ageing. Incisive and penetrating complex aromas. It's big and balanced in the mouth, velvety and frank in the palate, ...

  • 92 Wine Enthusiast
  • 91 Wine Spectator
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"This is almost exactly like the winery's excellent 2004 Gran Reserva, proof that Olabarri knows how to make this style of Tempranillo. This is smooth and concentrated, with a deep color and ripe plum, blackberry and tobacco aromas. Flavors of mossy berry, fresh prune, chocolate and vanilla come with light herbal accents. This is elegant, with aging potential. Drink now-2020. -M.S." (06/13)

91 Wine Spectator

"Licorice, espresso, smoke and mineral notes frame a core of plum and leafy flavors in this savory red. Compact yet dense, with light, firm tannins and a slightly chewy finish. Drink now through 2020. 3,750 cases made. -TM" (10/13)

Product Description:

"Ruby with brick-red glints, proper of a careful ageing. Incisive and penetrating complex aromas. It's big and balanced in the mouth, velvety and frank in the palate, showing its great evolution in the bottle. Tempranillo 80% and 20% Mazuelo and Graciano." - Winery

"Ageing 24 months in American and French oak vats and a minimum 36 months in the bottle." - Winery

"The original winery was founded in 1958 in Haro by Mr. Pablo Olabarri Bikandi. A great wine lover, in 1985 he jumped at the opportunity to acquire an old, derelict 19th-century winery at Calle Las Bodegas, 88. After rebuilding the winery, and due to the need for modern facilities to age and bottle high-quality Rioja wines, in 1989 he built the Haro winery, with a capacity for 4,000 casks and a hall for aging bottled wines with space for 800,000 bottles."

"Pablo Olabarri passed away in 1990, while the winery was in the process of consolidating its position in wine markets. His son, Luis Olabarri, took over as winery manager, a post he continues to hold today." - Winery

"The Rioja Alta area covers all the vast right bank of the Ebro River, from the Tiron valley to the Iregua valley. These lands provide unrivalled conditions for vine growing and wine making."

"Haro, known as "The Wine Capital", is located in this area. It is deservedly bestowed honour and prestige and it is here, in this traditional winemaking area in an incomparable setting, where our winery - Vina Olabarri - is located." - Winery

Following traditional artisanal winemaking methods, we make and age wines from this part of Rioja Alta, offering wines that express the full potential of the grapes and land where they are grown."

Bikandi "Vina Olabarri's vineyards are located on the "Bikandi" farm in the district of Fuenmayor, in the heart of the Rioja Alta region. The vineyards cover an area of 20 hectares, growing on terraces overlooking the Ebro River, on a bend in the river located in the municipality of Fuenmayor, and very near to the district of Cenicero, wine country par excellence."

"The vineyards from which the grapes are obtained are situated in an ideal location for vine growing, 435 m above sea level. The area has an average rainfall of 350-450 l/m2 and a continental climate with Mediterranean influences."

"The vineyards grow on an alluvial substrate with a stony sandy loam texture, enabling excellent ripening of the grapes, essential to obtain high-quality wines. The vines grow on trellises with high canopies, allowing a large exposed leaf surface."

"In terms of grape varieties, the queen par excellence is Tempranillo, which occupies most of the vineyard (16.5 ha), accompanied by Graciano (2 ha) and Viura (1.5 ha)." - Winery

Product Detail

Item # 74456
Country Spain
Region La Rioja
Sub-Region Rioja

92 - Wine Enthusiast

91 - Wine Spectator

Vintage 2005
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Tempranillo / Tinto Fino / Tinta Roriz
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Taste berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb
Nose berry , cherry , plum , earth , leather and herb