Urbina Seleccion Rioja is a “selection” of the very best Tempranillo grapes from vines over 20 years old that are normally used for the production of the Reserva and Gran Reserva wines.
Bodegas Urbina is a small, traditional and family-owned Rioja wine estate. This single estate is located in Cuzcurrita de Rio Tiron on the north-western boundary of DOC Rioja. Urbina has 75 hectares of vineyards at two main vineyard sites – the first site is at Cuzcurrita de Rio Turon, an area well-known for producing Riojas capable of ageing for many years ideal for Gran Reservas. The other vineyards are located at Uruñuela, in the heart of the Rioja DOC, which consistently produces wines of great quality and body. Four generations of the Urbina family had dedicated themselves to producing Rioja wines and, following in his fathers footsteps, Pedro Urbina is the current wine-maker. In 1976 the family took the decision to bottle and age all the wine made themselves, rather than selling grapes to other wine producers, and the single estate Urbina Rioja wines were created. Since then Urbina has gone from strength to strength. A new winery was designed and built by the Urbina family at Cuzcurrita in 1986 and there has been a large investment in modern equipment, stainless steel tanks and a bottling plant. Bodegas Urbina produces 400,000 bottles of red Crianza, Reserva and Gran Reserva and 50,000 bottles of white and rosé wine, all made from grapes sourced from their own vineyards. The vineyards are cultivated using traditional methods, harvesting is by hand and there is little, or no, use of weed killers and pesticides. Additionally all fertilizer used is organic. Only local / indigenous yeasts are used in the wine-making process which help to give Urbina wines their unique personality.
The grapes for Urbina Seleccion Rioja are sourced from Urbina’s old vines, all of which are over 20 years old. Urbina use the blue label for wines produced from old vines and they use their red label for wines produced from younger plantings of vines (such as their Crianza or Tempranillo). The grapes undergo 28 days maceration. The wine is aged for 15 months in new American oak casks, a little bit too early for it to be a Reserva wine. It is bottled as a Crianza but, in fact, bears all the hallmarks of Urbina’s Reserva wines.