The “Reserva Especial” bottling from La Rioja Alta, absolutely stunning, classic Rioja, is only produced in what the winery considers the very best vintages. How good is the 2001? This is the only the third time they’ve produced it in the last 38 years! This also was the top pick in Rioja reserve by the NY Times tasting panel and happened to get this nifty rave from Parker’s Wine Advocate: “The 2001 Reserva Especial is a deeply colored wine with a lovely perfume of cinnamon, lavender, incense, balsamic, and black cherry. Medium-bodied, velvety-textured, and already complex, it will continue to evolve for another 5-10 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. For those seeking immediate gratification, it has the virtue of being approachable now. 94 points!”
This is simply a beautiful Spanish red, as good as it gets. Drinking fabulously right now with years ahead of it, it is PERFECT for your dinner tables tonight. For $36 a bottle it is a great buy in top quality, truly world class red wine!