1994 Pedro Benito Urbina Rioja Urbina Gran Reserva

September 17, 2014

Name:Rioja Urbina Gran Reserva
Vintage:1994
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Tempranillo
Producer:Pedro Benito Urbina
Region:Spain / La Rioja
Alcohol:n/a

Can’t believe it’s almost 2 years old. Young, vibrant, red fruit/ripe cherry (residual sweetness), leather. Calls for 2 hours of decanting and it’s still hard to place it as the 1991’s younger brother.

1996 Pedro Benito Urbina Rioja Urbina Gran Reserva

September 16, 2014

Name:Rioja Urbina Gran Reserva
Vintage:1996
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Tempranillo
Producer:Pedro Benito Urbina
Region:Spain / La Rioja
Alcohol:n/a

It almost felt like it was overcompensating; trying too hard, if you will. Heavy on Rioja’s deep dark side of things at the cost of fruit, slight overkill on the oak and just discombobulated enough to be a bit annoying (it gets better after 2 hrs of air).

1995 Pedro Benito Urbina Rioja Gran Reserva Especial

September 16, 2014

Name:Rioja Gran Reserva Especial
Vintage:1995
Type:Red Wine
Varietal:Graciano, Mazuelo, Tempranillo
Producer:Pedro Benito Urbina
Region:Spain / La Rioja / Rioja Alta
Alcohol:n/a

I’ll re-taste to confirm, but at the first go – ready to give it just short of 5* for sheer drinkability and balance. Sure, its grace is not THAT sophisticated; and sure, it’s layers are fewer than with others, but it is just so disarmingly easy to enjoy…and even more disarmingly priced.  Re-tasted, confirmed.