Don Jacobo Rioja Gran Reserva 2008

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It’s a real treat to get an aged wine like this these days, particularly at such an accessible price.

Selected from old vine Tempranillo (85%), Grenache and Mazuelo (aka Carignan) grown on the hillside of Moncalvillo just south of Burgos and the Camino de Santiago in Rioja Alta. This gets a whopping 3 years in American oak barrels prior to bottling, then add another 9+ years in bottle maturation for a sense of the investment in time here.

Opaque and deep brick red going towards mahogany in colour, with lustrous, glass-coating tears, this should be decanted for a few hours prior to diving in. The nose is rich and powerful but defined by the seamless integration of dark fruit, chocolate, leather, coffee and pencil shavings galore, with warm spice notes including cinnamon, clove, vanilla and sweet tobacco. Rich, full and smooth on the open, melt-in-the-mouth tannins give way to layer upon layer of dried black fruit compote, dark chocolate, cigar box, coffee bean minerality, toasted nuts, Christmas spices and sweet molasses. A total stunner.

You only live once: go all out and serve up with beef wellington or roast spring lamb.

  • Full, rich, complex
  • 750ml
  • 14% Alcohol
  • Cork
  • Drink by 2028
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Producer: Bodegas Corral

Bodegas Corral was established in 1898 and remains in the Corral family hands to this day. The Don Jacobo brand that adorns most of winery's labels is named after the pilgrimage Way of St. James, or Camino de Santiago, with Corral the only winery in Rioja to sit right on the world heritage route.

Corral were early adopters to organic growing and, despite their modest size compared to some of the huge commercial producers in the region, have one of the largest holdings of organic vineyards in Rioja. By 2023 the entire vineyard holdings will be certified organic and all wines are already vegan certified. The philosophy is to sacrifice volume for quality and environmental harmony, to future proof the winery and vineyards, and make sure that the next generation of the family inherit something very special.

Vineyard plantings include indigenous varietals Tempranillo, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Viura, with increasing focus on rarer varietals such as Tempranillo Blanco, Graciano, Maturana Tinta and Blanco, and Garnacha Blanca.

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