CVNE Vina Real Gran Reserva Rioja 2001


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91 points Vinous
(95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano) Full red. Musky aromas of dried cherry, vanilla, herbs, and smoked meat are complicated by by slow-building floral and spice qualitites. Tangy, sharply focused red fruit flavors show a pleasing bitterness, with zesty minerality providing lift. Becomes more floral with air, finishing with impressive clarity and notes of sweet red fruits, vanilla, and anise. This looks like an excellent cellar candidate. (Josh Reynolds 9/2010)

91 points Wine Advocate
I believe 2001 was the summit of excessive extraction and excess oak in Spain's modern wine history and while the vintage probably had the potential for greatness, those excesses marked many wines. I've often found the 2001 Vina Real Gran Reserva hard, dry and somehow difficult. That year Michael Jackson sold 6. 5 million copies of his album "Invincible" and Alicia Keys had a hit with "Fallin'". Unfortunately, that year and more specifically September 11 will be remembered as the day of the most terrible terrorist attack in the U.S., when 2, 997 people were killed. I bet you all remember where you were that day. A few weeks later, the grapes for this wine were harvested. I've never been a great fan of the 2001, there's quite a lot of oak there, with plenty of vanilla and a dry palate, plus lots of grainy tannins and it is quite extracted. Time in bottle may polish those edges.