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Loriñón - Bodegas y Viñedos Bretón

Alba de Bretón Reserva 2003

Price: $66.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Loriñón - Bodegas y Viñedos Bretón
Vintage Year: 2003
Highest Rating: 89pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja

TASTING NOTES

From 100% Tempranillo vines over 80 years old in the vicinity of Briones (Rioja Alta), with malolactic fermentation and 18 months' aging in new French oak.

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PRESS

Alba de Bretón Reserva (2005) - "Bright purple. Highly aromatic, spicy scents of black raspberry, cherry-cola, spicecake and minerals, with a smoky overlay. Creamy dark berry flavors are braced by a zesty mineral quality and firmed by fine-grained, nicely integrated tannins. Packs solid punch but there's a graceful character to this wine that will allow for early enjoyment. Still, I'd stash mine away for at least another five years."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2005) - "The purple-colored 2005 Alba de Breton Reserva is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines over 80 years of age. It was aged for 12 months in new French oak. Made in an international style, the nose gives up aromas of toasty oak, pencil lead, scorched earth, and assorted black fruits. Layered, extracted, and sweetly-fruited, this muscular effort will evolve for another 5-7 years in the bottle and have a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2025."

91 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2009

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "Youthful ruby color. Seductively perfumed aromas of cassis, blueberry, cola and fresh rose expand with air, picking up graphite and cured tobacco notes. Fleshy dark berry flavors are firmed by velvety tannins, turning chewier with air. Finishes with building sweetness and mineral lift, leaving a trail of sweet dark berries behind. This is already quite alluring but I'd hold off opening it for at least another few years."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 15, 2008

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "The 2004 Alba de Bretón Reserva is an old-vine selection aged in French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals aromas of pain grille, pencil lead, earth, and blackberry. Medium to full-bodied, firm, and structured, the wine has a deep core of fruit but will require at least 6-8 years of further bottle age to fully express itself. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2004) - "100% Tempranillo sourced from 70-year-old vines. Spends 18 months in new French Allier oak casks. Deep ruby purple in color with aromas of earth, cola, meat and wood spice on nose. Little fruit. Soft, woody attack of vanilla. Good concentration. Round, ripe tannins."

88 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 26, 2008

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Raspberry and strawberry fruit. Sophisticated balance and good elegant length. Drink now. Bronze-medal "

Bronze Medal - World Wine Awards
John Radford, Decanter, Sep 30, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Ruby-red. Ripe and toasty, with strong kirsch and plum aromas complemented by vanillin oak and cigar box. Sweet dark fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity and firm up on the back, with dusty tannins coming on strong. Finishes with a sweet, juicy cherry note and very good length."

89 Points
Josh Raynold, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2003) - "Ruby-red. Ripe and toasty, with strong kirsch and plum aromas complemented by vanillin oak and cigar box. Sweet dark fruit flavors are brightened by racy acidity and firm up on the back, with dusty tannins coming on strong. Finishes with a sweet, juicy cherry note and very good length."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Jul 1, 2007

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "Stunning wine made from vines over eighty years old. Fine mineral flavors bring elegance to dense, dark berry and spice flavors. Drink now-15 years. "

Rioja recommendation - ****
Jamal A. Rayyis, Food & Wine, Wine Guide 2007, Oct 1, 2006

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "A moderately intense, pretty bouquet of spice box, toasty oak, black cherries, and currants emerges from this dark ruby/purple-tinged effort. Medium-bodied, elegant, and Bordeaux-like in its restraint and polish, it is an attractive Spanish red to consume over the next 5-6 years."

89 Points
Robert Parker, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2005

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Alba de Bretón Reserva (2001) - "Rich yet lively, this alluring red brims with red cherries, blackberries and spice notes, supported by firm tannins and crisp acidity. It's muscular yet focused and graceful."

88 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2005

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LORIñóN - BODEGAS Y VIñEDOS BRETóN WINERY INFO

Overview: In 2013 Bodegas Bretón and the Loriñón brand were acquired by the Montaña family and its winemaking entity, Unión de Viticultores Riojanos. UVR comprises over 350 hectares of mature to ancient vines that are either owned or under continuous contract throughout the Rioja Alta and Alavesa regions. Loriñón Crianza is almost entirely composed of old-vine Tempranillo, aged 14 months in a mixture of used American and French oak. The Reserva includes a higher percentage of the rare Graciano and utilizes a higher percentage of French oak, and is aged an additional year in bottle before release.

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History: The Montañas trace their family wine business to grandfather Román Montaña, who began producing high quality Rioja wines in 1910. The current winemaking facility in Fuenmayor was built in 1989.

The first vintage of Loriñón was 1985. The founding Bretón family desired to restate and retain the elegant, authentic Rioja character that resulted from mature, low-yielding vineyards and careful aging. Thirty years later the demand for authenticity is equally acute, after a period in which globalization of style had become an unfortunate trend.

The Montaña family objective is to continue as well as to enhance the quality and philosophical trajectory of Loriñón wines, offering authentic character and great value. Working together with Loriñón’s longtime importers, the resulting wines have never been better or more representative of the founding philosophy.

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