(2009 Vintage) Winemaking process: After destemming and light crushing, the selected grapes underwent tumultous fermentation in stainless steel tanks for 9 days at a temperature of 25ºC (This process involves moving the must and the skins daily inside the tank to favor color extraction). Aging: 12 months in American white oak barriques of medium toast with racking every 6 months for natural clarification.
It's no surprise that this zesty Reserva was just awarded a Gold Medal in The Decanter Magazine World Wine Awards for 2010 as well as a 90 point score from the Wine Advocate. From the Bodegas Franco-Espanolas a winery with a history going back 100 years comes this blend of Tempranillo Graciano and Mazuelo that's been aged to perfection first in toasted American oak casks and then in bottle for a total of 2 years. Comments about Rioja Bordon 2004 Reserva, Bodegas Franco Espanolas: This 2004 Reserve Rioja, had just enough age, so I wouldn't feel guilty opening it. My friends and I were greatly rewarded. It was superb with our steaks and added to a memorable evening!