Wine Advocate 94 points.
"The classical 2012 Viña Real Gran Reserva is produced with 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano, fermented in stainless steel with neutral dry yeasts and aged in new oak barrel for two years. It's very spicy and creamy, with developed aromas, open and expressive. The palate feels very polished, with a fine thread of acidity going through its core. There is good balance between power and elegance. It should develop nicely in bottle, even if it's approachable now. 30,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in April 2015." Drink 2018 - 2027. LG,
Viña Real is one of the wineries belonging toCVNE (Compañía Vinícola del Norte de España) located in Laguardia, Rioja Alavesa. In the 1920s CVNE launched the Viña Real brand, being one of the pioneers in the production of wines aged in oak barrels in this area, producing very elegant wines with all the character of the Rioja Alavesa.
The proximity of the vineyards to the old Camino Real was what inspired its name. These vineyards slope down from the Sierra Cantabria to the Ebro basin, lying on mostly clayey and chalky soils, thus being protected from the clearly Atlantic climate of the area by the mountains.
Viña Real Gran Reserva is a red wine made with Tempranillo y Graciano from a careful selection of the best grapes from the best estates in the winery.
Once the grapes are harvested, they ferment in stainless steel vats and then macerate with the skins for about 15 days. The malolactic fermentation is in French and American oak barrels with periodic manual decanting. The aging lasts for 24 months in the same barrels. Clarification with natural egg white. The wine stands in the bottle for a minimum of 36 months.