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Luis Gurpegui 2014 “Primi” Rioja Reserva

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Luis Gurpegui Muga is an old winery with extensive vineyards throughout Rioja. While common to see in Spain and Europe, this isn’t widely distributed in the United States. That is likely due to its old-school character and its linear, sharp tannins.

For lovers of classic Rioja, this is a great find. Lean and aggressive like an MMA fighter with a master’s degree in antiquities, this wine has a character out of place in the mainstream. Aromas of burnt sage and plum. There is a fresh cut of sour cherry on the palate: red fruit pushes through the fruit-cake spices into a wet earthy core. The acids keep the flavors in stark relief from attack to finish.

I picked this up in Pennsylvania for $12.99, but you can expect to spend upwards of $30 for this beautiful wine.

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