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Loriñón - Bodegas y Viñedos Bretón

Loriñón Tinto Crianza 2008

Price: $17.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Loriñón - Bodegas y Viñedos Bretón
Vintage Year: 2008
Highest Rating: 88pts ( International Wine Cellar)
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja

TASTING NOTES

Tempranillo aged 14 months in American oak. Spice and leather complement the raspberry fruit and ferrous minerality of Rioja’s red soils in a complex and highly authentic style.

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PRESS

Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2010) - "(100% Tempranillo aged for 14 months in American oak): Dark ruby. Exotic aromas of candied red fruits, potpourri and vanilla. Juicy raspberry and cherry flavors are lifted by a peppery element and become sweeter with air. Shows a tangy quality on the finish, which is given shape by smooth, even tannins."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2013

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2010) - "Bright plum and strawberry flavors seem to sweeten the dark tannins of this wine, creating a smooth, juicy texture that's still firm. There's some warmth in the finish, setting up the wine for roast beef."

88 Points
Joshua Green, Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2013

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2008) - "Deep red. Pungent cherry and redcurrant aromas, with complicating notes of dried rose and black tea. Spicy cherry-cola and red berry flavors are lifted by tangy minerality and show a refreshingly bitter edge. Finishes with good clarity, a hint of smoke and lingering spiciness."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2011

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2008) - "This ruby colored wine opens with an old oak infused black raspberry with a hint of cranberry. On the palate, this wine is light to medium bodied, balanced, soft, and very easy to drink. The flavor profile is a mild black raspberry with notes of old oak and a hint of black currant. The finish is dry and moderate tannins are a tad sticky. This Tempranillo would pair well with a tangy pulled pork sandwich with sweet potato fries. Enjoy."

87 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Jul 1, 2011

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2006) - "Ruby-red. High-toned, slightly medicinal aromas of blackcurrant, dried cherry and plum, with a hint of bitter chocolate. Rich and densely packed, with distinctly ripe flavors of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate, all lifted by a peppery nuance. Finishes with gentle tannic grip and an echo of bitter chocolate. I'd serve this with a rich lamb or beef dish."

88 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 16, 2010

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2006) - "The 2006 Lorinon Crianza delivers aromas of cedar, earth, tobacco, and black cherry. Savory, elegant, and nicely balanced, it can be enjoyed now through 2016."

87 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2010

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2005) - "Deep red. Cherry, plum and tobacco on the nose, with suave baking spices and tobacco adding complexity. Supple cherry and plum jam flavors are framed and lifted by juicy acidity. Finishes clean and moderately long, with a note of cherry skin."

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

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Dark red. Smoky, mint-accented red berry and cherry aromas offer complex nuances of pungent herbs, dried flowers and minerals. Youthfully firm and slow-to-open, displaying fresh redcurrant and dried cherry flavors, silky tannins and impressive finishing snap. Gained sweetness and depth with air: make sure to give this some cellar or decanter time. "

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

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Fresh red cherry flavor runs through this wine, simple and round with a touch of orange zest. The texture softens to velvet with air, ready to clean up after tapas, especially morcilla"

88 Points
Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2007

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2004) - "Best Buy Spanish Red Wines $20 and Under. "

87 Points - Best Buy
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Feb 29, 2008

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "Dark red. Rich, meaty and pungent aromas of ripe cherry and redcurrant, accented by espresso and bitter chocolate. Firm but in no way severe, with a powerful cherry liqueur flavor complicated by earthy notes of tobacco and iron. A subtle sweetness carries into the finish, which features a tangy suggestion of rhubarb. Strikes a balance of structure and sweetness that's awfully compelling at this price point. "

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "Early leather and animal aromas soon yield to brighter fruit scents, and that's followed up by a palate detailed by cherry and plum flavors. This nice, comfortable wine offers freshness and texture; it's a very good crianza that nails the relationship between fruit and oak. "

88 Points - Best Buy
Michael Shachner, Wine Enthusiast, Sep 1, 2007

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "This solid red delivers ripe fruit flavors of cherry and plum, supported by chewy tannins, with tobacco and spice notes on the finish. Has enough weight for hearty dishes. Drink now through 2010. "

87 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2006

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Loriñón Tinto Crianza (2003) - "The bouquet of this dark ruby wine bursts from the glass. It displays cherry aromas some noticeable oak influence. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, well balanced, and has juicy cherry flavors with a hint of oak. This wine is very easy to drink, not overly complex, but is quite enjoyable. The finish is dry and lingers with a little toasty oak as it fades away. This wine would pair perfectly with ribs or meatloaf. Enjoy."


Ken Hoggins, KensWineGuide.com, Nov 30, 2007

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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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