Benjamin Romeo Carmen Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 750ml

size
750ml
country
Spain
region
La Rioja
appellation
Rioja
WA
96
Additional vintages
2010 2009 2008 2007
WA
96
Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
Just looking at the technical sheet, I realized the 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva has the surname of Romeo's mother, and should be called 2009 Carmen Hilario Gran Reserva. Anyway, this is a homage to the winemaker's mother that must have liked the traditional wines and the label is very classical and the profile of the wine is one of the best modern-traditional or traditional-modern Riojas, combining the bright floral aromas with the subtle balsamic and the textbook spiciness of the Riojas from yesteryear. The palate is medium-bodied and you feel the hand of a great winemaker in the quality of those tannins perfectly integrated with the fruit and the long finish, lifted by great acidity which is not an easy feature for a warm vintage like 2009. If you want to imagine how the both Rioja worlds could converge, grab a bottle of this. This is even better than the 2008, with a very pure, clean profile, really showing the best of both worlds. Drinking beautifully already. Superb. The wine kept growing in the glass and growing on me, it might ultimately merit an even higher score! 4,000 bottles.
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Benjamin Romeo Carmen Rioja Gran Reserva 2009 750ml

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96
WA
96
Rated 96 by Wine Advocate
Just looking at the technical sheet, I realized the 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva has the surname of Romeo's mother, and should be called 2009 Carmen Hilario Gran Reserva. Anyway, this is a homage to the winemaker's mother that must have liked the traditional wines and the label is very classical and the profile of the wine is one of the best modern-traditional or traditional-modern Riojas, combining the bright floral aromas with the subtle balsamic and the textbook spiciness of the Riojas from yesteryear. The palate is medium-bodied and you feel the hand of a great winemaker in the quality of those tannins perfectly integrated with the fruit and the long finish, lifted by great acidity which is not an easy feature for a warm vintage like 2009. If you want to imagine how the both Rioja worlds could converge, grab a bottle of this. This is even better than the 2008, with a very pure, clean profile, really showing the best of both worlds. Drinking beautifully already. Superb. The wine kept growing in the glass and growing on me, it might ultimately merit an even higher score! 4,000 bottles.
Product Details
size
750ml
country
Spain
region
La Rioja
appellation
Rioja
Additional vintages
2010 2009 2008 2007
Overview
Rated 96 - Just looking at the technical sheet, I realized the 2009 Carmen Gran Reserva has the surname of Romeo's mother, and should be called 2009 Carmen Hilario Gran Reserva. Anyway, this is a homage to the winemaker's mother that must have liked the traditional wines and the label is very classical and the profile of the wine is one of the best modern-traditional or traditional-modern Riojas, combining the bright floral aromas with the subtle balsamic and the textbook spiciness of the Riojas from yesteryear. The palate is medium-bodied and you feel the hand of a great winemaker in the quality of those tannins perfectly integrated with the fruit and the long finish, lifted by great acidity which is not an easy feature for a warm vintage like 2009. If you want to imagine how the both Rioja worlds could converge, grab a bottle of this. This is even better than the 2008, with a very pure, clean profile, really showing the best of both worlds. Drinking beautifully already. Superb. The wine kept growing in the glass and growing on me, it might ultimately merit an even higher score! 4,000 bottles.
barrel

Vintage: 2009

Despite less than ideal climatic conditions, featuring storms which threatened an otherwise perfect year, most parts of California had an excellent year for viticulture. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs were picked at optimum ripeness, and Californian white wine was just about as good as it could be. Surprises and overcoming difficulties summed up much of the United States' wine industry in 2009, and many of the results from Oregon, Washington State and all over California speak for themselves, with the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes having developed healthy, thick skins and thus plenty of character and distinction. Elsewhere in the New World, South Africa had a very good year in 2009, and wineries across the cape of the African continent are proclaiming it a truly great vintage. In most of Europe, fine weather and punctual ripening periods produced some excellent wines, with many of the best coming out of France's Bordeaux and the surrounding regions. Merlot had an exceptionally good year in France, and wineries are proclaiming that the 2009 Merlot harvest was one of the best in living memory. Indeed, across most of France, ripening was relatively even, and red wine grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Syrah and others were reportedly highly characterful, with plenty of the required tannin levels with which to make high quality wines. Italy, too, had a very good 2009. Piedmont reported extremely favorable conditions throughout 2009, and their signature Nebbiolo grapes were more or less perfect when harvested, having benefited from the slight drop in temperature at the end of their ripening period. Veneto, too, had an enviable year, producing superb Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines in 2009.
green grapes

Varietal: Tempranillo

The wines made from the Tempranillo grape varietal have gone down in history as being some of the finest in the world, with the Spanish region of Riot being one of the most famed and respected examples of a quality red wine made with this grape. Elsewhere in the world, the Tempranillo grape has had plenty of success, and grows best in regions with a mixture of hot sunshine and cooling breezes. These grapes hold plenty of intense and interesting flavors, and are often said to hold many of the most sought after flavors to be found in a red wine. Leather, tobacco, plums and herbs are often noted in wines made with Tempranillo grapes, and the blended wines made with this varietal are often seen at the top of world rankings.
barrel

Region: La Rioja

La Rioja is by far the most famous wine region of Spain, and remains one of the world's great wine producing regions, consistently offering deep, complex red wines of character and distinction, partly due to the fact that La Rioja benefits from excellent soils, rich in minerals and nutrients, and plenty of sunshine. The climatic conditions allow the fine grape varietals to reach full ripeness and express plenty of the best features of their terroir, making La Rioja wines some of the most interesting to have ever come out of Europe. The Cantabrian mountains to the north provide the perfect shelter from the colder, wetter influences of the Atlantic oceans, and in the beloved vineyards of La Rioja, wineries have been cultivating exceedingly flavorful Tempranillo grapes for generations for the inclusion in their fine single variety and blended wines.
fields

Country: Spain

Ever since the Phoenicians and Romans brought their knowledge of vine cultivation to Spanish soils, the country's culture has grown alongside wine production, with wine being a vital part of Spanish identity and Spanish traditions. Each region of Spain has a wine quite distinct from the others, and it is produced by smallholders and families as much as it is by large companies and established wineries. From the relatively mild and lush regions of La Rioja to the arid plateaus that surround Madrid, grapes are grown in abundance for the now booming Spanish wine industry, and new laws and regulations have recently been put in place to keep the country's standards high. By combining traditional practices with modern technology, Spanish wineries are continuing to produce distinctive wines of great character, flavor and aroma, with the focus shifting in recent decades to quality over quantity.

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Despite less than ideal climatic conditions, featuring storms which threatened an otherwise perfect year, most parts of California had an excellent year for viticulture. Chardonnays and Sauvignon Blancs were picked at optimum ripeness, and Californian white wine was just about as good as it could be. Surprises and overcoming difficulties summed up much of the United States' wine industry in 2009, and many of the results from Oregon, Washington State and all over California speak for themselves, with the flagship Cabernet Sauvignon grapes having developed healthy, thick skins and thus plenty of character and distinction. Elsewhere in the New World, South Africa had a very good year in 2009, and wineries across the cape of the African continent are proclaiming it a truly great vintage. In most of Europe, fine weather and punctual ripening periods produced some excellent wines, with many of the best coming out of France's Bordeaux and the surrounding regions. Merlot had an exceptionally good year in France, and wineries are proclaiming that the 2009 Merlot harvest was one of the best in living memory. Indeed, across most of France, ripening was relatively even, and red wine grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Syrah and others were reportedly highly characterful, with plenty of the required tannin levels with which to make high quality wines. Italy, too, had a very good 2009. Piedmont reported extremely favorable conditions throughout 2009, and their signature Nebbiolo grapes were more or less perfect when harvested, having benefited from the slight drop in temperature at the end of their ripening period. Veneto, too, had an enviable year, producing superb Pinot Grigio and Chardonnay wines in 2009.
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