2005 Lealtanza Rioja Reserva Gaudi

Scores: 90+ CT:92.3 DT:17 IWC:93 RP:93+ WS:93 AVG: 91

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Bodegas Altanza's goal has always been to offer the best possible quality wine at a sensible price.  As a relatively young Rioja winery, they combine tradition with modern production methods, ensuring that their wines are of consistantly good quality. The Gaudi 2005 is 100% Tempranillio and is aged for 18 months in oak.  It has aromas of coca and toasted almonds and has great power and weight, with excellent concentration and balance.  Superb. Watch a video presentation of the wine by the wine maker here!

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, Jan 2010, 17
Complex cherry, cassis nose, floral and deep. Elegant. Fresh, balancing, menthol and herbal red fruits, peppery palate, with mineral notes and a long aftertaste. Drink from 2010. (17 points)

, Jan 2009, 93
($100) Saturated ruby color. Heady aromas of red and dark berries, cherry-cola, vanillin oak spices and potpourri, with a smoky mineral overtone. Lush, pliant raspberry and mulberry flavors are complicated by notes of candied rose, vanilla, sassafras and five spice powder and framed by velvety tannins. A suave mineral component adds energy to the very long, spicy, penetrating finish. For a rich wine this is surprisingly energetic and focused. In fact I prefer this wine's vivacity to the power of the 2004 version. (Quality Wines of Spain, New York, NY)

, Apr 2010, 93+
The 2005 Lealtanza Reserva Spanish Artist Collection (Gaudi in this vintage) is 100% Tempranillo sourced from 75+-year-old vines and aged for 18 months in new French oak. Purple/black in color, it proffers a complex perfume of lavender, incense, Asian spices, leather, black cherry, and blackberry. Full-bodied, dense, and mouth-filling, it is loaded with ripe fruit, notes of terroir and spice, and enough tannin to blossom for another 3-4 years. This lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2025.

, Nov 2009, 93
Don't be fooled by the heavy-weight bottle; this is a supple, graceful wine. Fine-grained tannins support focused, lively flavors of cherry, sandalwood, tobacco and mineral, and juicy acidity keeps the finish fresh. Drink now through 2014. 1,165 cases made.

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Type Red Wine 紅酒
Grapes Tempranillo
Country Spain
Wine Region La Rioja
Sub region La Rioja Alta
Appellation Rioja
Producer Bodegas Altanza

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