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Bodega Akutain - Rioja Reserva 2017

Price: $68.00

Producer Bodega Akutain
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Subregion Rioja Alta
Varietal Tempranillo Garnacha Viura
Vintage 2017
Sku 013130
ABV 14.00%

Juan Peñagaricano Akutain made his living as an engineer, working for a company that sold cooling units to wineries in Rioja. Yet, he made the most of the time he spent at the classic estates, befriending the owners while tasting and learning about their wines. Juan started Akutain in 1975, after planting a small, 5-hectare vineyard just west of Haro. He acquired a horse stable adjacent to the vineyard that he set up as a winery. Today Juan's son, Jon, handles the day-to-day operations of the estate, which now consists of 6.5 hectares of organically farmed vineyards. The wines are still made in the converted horse stable: native yeast fermentation in fiberglass, no temperature control, aging in used American oak barrels and extended bottle-aging in caves built under the original vineyard. Along with Lopez de Herredia, Akutain is the only producer in Haro to work exclusively with estate vineyards. Juan and Jon continue to produce wines in the old-school, traditional style of Rioja, emulating the grand houses of the past, though on a much smaller scale.

Akutain’s Rioja Reserva — a blend of Tempranillo with a touch of Garnacha and Viura — is fermented in a combination of stainless steel and fiberglass tanks, then aged for 35 months in predominantly neutral American oak with a small amount of French barrels. Mid-Ruby in color, this Reserva possesses a beautiful bouquet of ripe berry fruit mixed with notes of dried herbs, tobacco and rose petals. The full-bodied palate displays concentrated flavors of black cherry, cooked-down strawberries and earth balanced by velvety, textured tannins. The finish exhibits enduring depth and complexity. The perfect companion to grilled, roasted or braised meats and game.

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