Urbina Wines at Fareham Wine Cellar
Bodegas Benito Urbina is a family-owned, single estate winery with 75 Ha. of vineyards. Four generations have been dedicated to the cultivation of their vineyards and the production quality wines. We have been importing and selling their wines for over 10 years. I like the style, they produce traditional medium to light bodied Riojas and tend to age them at the Bodega for longer than most producers prior to release.
Pedro Urbina, Benito’s son, has now taken a more hands on approach with the winery and is now involved in many aspects of the business. He has pioneered some “high expression” wines, made much more in the modern concentrated style that is not typical of the Bodega. Look out for a wine called Plot and a new 100% Garnacha if you want to try these styles. I have to say I still prefer the more traditional style. Keep up to date with Pedro at his blog and at the Bodegas Urbina website.
I would say that the Urbina Reserva Especial 1997 is really at the peak of its drinking now (although it will probably be good for another couple of years). This is a blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Mazuelo and Graciano. It is aged 18 months in American oak casks (12 months in new oak casks and 6 months in 7 year old oak barrels) and is aged a minimum of 12 months in the bottle at the Bodega (but in practice a lot longer).
Urbina Reserva Especial Rioja Tasting notes (1997 Vintage, now sold out)
Check the latest vintage of Urbina Reserva Especial here.
Urbina Reserva Especial is a good, clear and light red in colour with brown to orange-y notes around the rim. On the nose there are plenty of red fruits, slight balsalmic and vanilla tones and some farmyard aromas. Leathery and autumnal, quite a savoury nose. The palate is medium bodied, soft, elegant, with silky tannins and is surprisingly fresh and clean given the wine’s age. There are concentrated red fruits (cherry) and plenty of oak, but it is well integrated and generally complex. The finish is soft, supple and has very good length, there is also a touch of sweetness. As Urbina’s wine age they really seem to develop quite Burgundian traits, and it has been mistaken for Pinot Noir in a blind tastings. Very well balanced wine.
Food matching: try with any white meats, such as roast pork, it also goes very well with roast chicken.