Bodegas Akutain Rioja 'Gran Reserva' 2004

Founded in 1975, Bodegas Akutain’s 6.5 hectares sit in some of La Rioja’s best vineyard sites; their Gran Reserva is dominated by Tempranillo and Garnacha, fermented in fiberglass and aged in old American oak for 36 months. The wine is only produced in the best years, and now, with 13 years of age on it, is truly beginning to show its outstanding quality and character. A steal for the price.
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Ubiquitous red grown all over France; Spain (Garnacha); Italy (Cannonau) and the New World. Pale in color but otherwise a hardy richly fruity colossus in blends and varietal wines alike.
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One of the 'big three' European wine giants along with France and Italy, but perhaps the one with the most untapped potential, with many ascendant regions and producers just now finding an audience.