This is the second vintage of Óscar Tobía Gran Reserva, the flagship wine of Bodega Tobía.
This Spanish red wine from La Rioja is a top-notch blend of old-vines Tempranillo, coming from three vineyards with different sun orientations and soil compositions, alongside a tiny amount of Graciano coming from young vines.
After a meticulous harvest, the grapes were destemmed and fermented in steel tanks.
Malolactic fermentation took place in French and Hungarian oak barrels, after which this Rioja red winewas aged for 24 months.
Naturally stabilized, this Grand Reserva from La Rioja was not filtered prior to its bottling.
Finally, Óscar Tobía Gran Reseva 2012 was further smoothed for some months in the cellar before its release.
Production of 56,600 bottles.
Decant 1 hour before drinking. Drink until 2028.
The wine Gran Reserva Oscar Tobía has a clean, intense cherry colour with some garnet tinges.
Expressive and really complex, this red wine from La Rioja Alta begins suggesting some nuances of forest floor, underbrush, balsam and menthol, combined with aromas of clove, cinnmamon, white and black pepper and tobacco leaves. All this is sustained by a skeleton of pure, fragrant red and black fruit nuanced by some mineral and earthy remembrances. A most successful blend of Tempranillo & Graciano this is.
Pleasant, savoury and fully grown up. Smooth-textured and very structured, with a phenomenal potential for growth. At the same time, this Gran Reserva by Bodegas Tobía conveys the sense of immediacy and, so to speak, "rightness" that only the great wines from La Rioja transmit. Ripe tannins, crisp acidity and extremely long, complex finish.
|Our personal opinion||
The elegance and ageing potential of this Óscar Tobía Gran Reserva 2012 are truly outstanding.
Óscar Tobía Gran Reserva 2011:
First vintage. Enterwine 94. Andreas Larsson 93. Tim Atkin MW 91.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||One hour before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Ageing||Classified as great reserve according to legal specifications of Spanish Law|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and Hungarian oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||24|
|Name of Award||Tim Atkin (Special Report Rioja 2017): 91 puntos. Andreas Larsson (Best Sommelier of the World): 93 puntos.|
|Percentage of variety||Tempranillo 93%, Graciano 7%.|
|Pairings||Aged cheeses, Civet, Cured cheeses, Game animals, Red meat with gravy, Roasted red meats, Rosted piglet, Specialty Spanish prosciutto , Stews|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes, Very intense and inky|
|Occasion||A special occasion, Because you deserve it, Business dinner, To bring to an engagement|
Magnificent Gran Reserva. It is worth every penny.
My wife always tells me to bring this wine to dinner parties. If the conversation runs out of steam, the wine is so good that we can always talk about it and engage other people. Exceptional Rioja!!