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1982 La Rioja Alta Gran Reserva 890 Rioja
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94 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - September/October 1998

Reddish-orange color. Knockout aromas reminiscent of a great mature Burgundy: strawberry, plum, loam, tar, vanilla, smoke and earth. Rich, shockingly fresh flavors of currant, cinnamon and earth; juicy acids give clarity to the wine's flavors and cleanse the palate. Slight minty nuance on the very long, brisk aftertaste. Fabulous Rioja gran reserva. (Europvin Iberia/Christopher Cannan, Watertown, MA)

86 Points | Wine Spectator
92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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