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Rioja Gran Reserva by Bodega Akutain 2015

Rioja Gran Reserva

by Bodega Akutain 2015

Producer : Bodega Akutain

Region : Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)

Bottle Per Case : 6 x 750 ml

Food Pairing : Breads, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Vegetables

Tasting Notes

"The 2015 Gran Reserva should be released around September 2022, and it's a classical, long-aging red produced with selected grapes from their oldest vineyards, the one around the winery planted in 1975 and Gembres from 1986. It fermented with indigenous yeasts for nine days followed by malolactic in tank and a slow decantation before being racked into well-seasoned, neutral oak barrels, 70% of them American and the rest French, where the wine matured for 47 months. They only produce this wine in exceptional years, and it had not been produced since 2004! It's really interesting to taste the Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva from 2015 together, as I did, because the progression from one to the next is pretty obvious, how each wine is a lot more complex, compete and deep. There's a lot of power here; there's plenty of tannins, but the tannins are very high quality. This is a great classical Gran Reserva that should make old bones and age in the style of the great classical wines from Rioja. 9,000 bottles were filled in August 2020. The following vintage should be 2020, but they will release a 2014 Reserva Especial on its 10th anniversary, only 600 bottles from two barrels that they especially liked."

95 Points - Luis Guttierez, The Wine Advocate, July 2022


Bottles Per Case 6 Pack
Point Score 95
Cellaring Drink Now or Cellar
Sweetness Descriptor XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart
Bottle Size 750 ml
Producer Bodega Akutain
Region Rioja (Spain), Spain (Spain)
Alcohol 14% alc./vol.
Style Subtle & fruity
Vintage 2015
Farming Method Sustainable
Grapes 5% Garnacha, 93% Tempranillo, 2% Viura
Food Pairing Breads, Hard Cheese, Pasta, Red Meat, Vegetables
Descriptors Earthy, Fruity
Wine Type Red
Wood Presence Oaked
Body Medium
Price of Case $599.94

The Producer

Bodega Akutain

Bodega Akutain’s history begins in the early 1970’s with the small family property’s founder, Juan Peñagaricano Akutain. Señor Akutain forged bonds with the families behind some of the Rioja region’s most storied traditionalist estates, including CVNE and La Rioja Alta.

After many years spent visiting the cellars, studying local vineyard techniques, and drinking every bottle of Rioja he could lay his hands on (all the while saving his earnings), Akutain was ready to plant his own vineyards.

He spent a few years searching for the perfect site and finally, in 1975, he found his dream property located just west of the village of Haro, the epicenter of Rioja.


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