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Bodegas Urbina 2000 Seleccion Rioja

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Winemaker Notes

Purple-red color with ruby tones. Aromas of good intensity where fruits of various types stand out with good maturity and expressiveness, flowers, sweet spices, toasted touches and scrubland. In the mouth it is flavorful, the palate with good balance and quite round, also shows liveliness and character, the fresh and soft tannins, the aftertaste quite well with almost all the aromas of the nose. Long aftertaste, with good persistence.

Critical Acclaim

V92 Vinous
Bright garnet. Dried cherry, candied rose, smoked meat, tobacco and a hint of fruitcake on the nose. Smooth and pliant in the mouth, offering appealingly sweet cherry pie, red currant and vanilla flavors that show no rough edges. Fully mature but still delivers good energy. The very long, smoky finish echoes the tobacco and vanilla notes. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
 
W&S90 Wine & Spirits
This has matured into a beefy richness, tasting a bit like braised brisket with earthy carrots, still holding some floral notes in its black fruit. It has the soft ripeness of the 2000 vintage; for drinking soon, perhaps with brisket.
 
JS90 James Suckling
"A mature Rioja with cedar, dried leaves, dried cherries, and leather. Medium-bodied and spicy with drying tannins, but the oak and ripeness are not overdone. Intriguing history in a bottle. Drink now."
 

Bodegas Urbina is a small family-owned and run Rioja producer located in the Rioja Alta sub-region of Rioja, Spain. This Single Estate winery was founded in 1870 and is currently run by fourth generation winemaker Pedro Urbina Jr. The Urbina Estate comprises of some 75 hectares (182) of vineyards planted with 65 hectares of Tempranillo and 10 hectares composed of Graciano, Mazuelo and the white grape variety Viura. The vineyards are located at Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron at the north western edge of the Rioja DOC and at Urunuela in the heart of the appellation. Cuzcurrita has some of the highest vineyards in the DOC, this means that it is a relatively cool climate growing area compared with other parts of Rioja. The wines from Cuzcurrita tend to have characteristics suitable for great ageing, whilst those from Urunuela produce consistent and fuller bodied wines.