2010 Montecillo Rioja Reserva

2010 Montecillo Rioja Reserva

Region – Spain

Sub Region – Rioja

Vintage – 2010

Varietal Components – 95% Tempranillo, 3% Mazuelo, 2% Grenache

Pricing – $15.99

Alcohol Content – 13.5%

Sugar Content – 1.6 g/L

Appearance

Bottle – The bottle is dark with a royal blue label with gold and white font.

Wine – This wine is clear with a deep ruby red color tone to it.

Aroma/Nose

The nose immediately gets a blast of vanilla, bright dark berries, a bit of anise and spice.

Texture/Body

It is a dry wine, medium plus to full bodied on the palate. Has a chalky like texture. High tannins.

Tasting/Palate

Immediately blackberry hits the tongue followed by spice and an anise like flavor that really stands out. 

Finish

This wine had a real vanilla like oak finish.

Overall

The Montecillo Rioja Reserva was a really nice hearty Spanish red that can be paired with a wide variety of food types. Not a very fruity wine, which fits my personal preference. Not overly complex, but has some not so obvious flavor components that make it interesting enough to keep drinking.

Suggested Pairing

Cigar – La Hoja SignatureOliva Serie V Melanio

Food – Lamb, Poultry, Veal, Beef

Wine Ratings and Awards

Wine Spectator 90pts.

James Suckling – 92pts.

The Wine Advocate – 90pts.

Winemakers Tasting Notes

Clean and shiny color. Intense cherry red with reddish edging. Notes of spices, vanilla and black fruits combined with nuances of licorice and mint. Good structure and elegant tannins with long aftertaste.

About Bodegas Montecillo – http://www.bodegasmontecillo.com/en/winery/

Montecillo Rioja Reserva