Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2004
Very deep, clean, and bright garnet red with a tawny rim. Complex, elegant, and fine aromas (red currant preserves, clove, peppers). Round and spicy in the mouth with polished tannins and a good balance. Spicy finish. It combines very nicely with stewed fish, game casseroles, grilled meat, or lamb and suckling pig. Very suitable for serving with cured cheeses to provide a good ending to any meal.
100% Tempranillo. Bodegas Marques de Vitoria is one of seven wineries owned by Grupo Faustino, which was established in 1861. On July 1995, Grupo Fausino purchased Bodega de Cooperativa de Oyon, a small cooperative comprised of only 13 growers, and renamed it to Bodegas Marques de Vitoria (in honor of an influential Vitoria businessman who emigrated to Chile, at the end of the 19th century, and took a major part in the cultivation of Chilean wine). Located near Vitoria at the Altube Mountain pass, where forests with straight, 100-year-old oaks that seem to rise up to the heavens slumber, the bodega has become a landmark over the years. Their vineyards span a total of over 260 acres, with 14-plus acres of organic vineyards in Rioja Alevsa planted with 100% Tempranillo vines. Today Bodegas Marques de Vitoria produces contemporary, fruit-forward Rioja wines with traditional values.