Bodegas Corral, Rioja Gran Reserva
Bodegas Corral, Rioja Gran Reserva

Bodegas Corral, Rioja Gran Reserva

Rioja, Spain 1976 (750mL)
Regular price$90.00
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Bodegas Corral, Rioja Gran Reserva

This flawlessly stored 1975 Gran Reserva delivers a drinking experience beyond exceptional, for $90!

Its extraordinary perfume, vigor, and freshness is guaranteed to leave you stunned silent. Really, unless you’re a die-hard blind taster, you won’t come remotely close to calling this a half-century-old Gran Reserva. How is this possible? Corral’s winemaker, Carlos Rubio, had each bottle assiduously inspected, reconditioned, topped up, and re-corked prior to exiting the cellar. To think you can acquire this fine relic at a cost breakdown of $2/year is absolute insanity! 

Bodegas Corral is one of the treasured few centenary estates of Rioja. They were founded in 1898, shortly after phylloxera began decimating the vast majority of European vines, especially those in Bordeaux. Rioja, however, staved off infection until American rootstocks were predominately planted across France in the 1890s. 

This antique red, from calcareous clay soils in Rioja Alta, is led by Tempranillo with a small percentage of Graciano and Mazuela to round it out. At Corral’s original cellar, the grapes were de-stemmed and, following fermentation, the resulting wine matured for over three years in a mixture of mostly used French and American barrels. Upon bottling in the early ’80s, this parcel slumbered in Corral’s dark cellars for over 40 years before being shipped to us.

Bodegas Corral, Rioja Gran Reserva


Eastern Spain


The Montsant DO is Priorat’s downslope neighbor in northeastern
Spain, but other than differences in altitude, there isn’t much else to tell their terroirs apart. Both appellations contain some of the world’s greatest old-vine Garnacha (Grenache) in soils of fractured granite and shale known locally as llicorella. It is a Mediterranean climate, with wide diurnal temperature swings.

Eastern Spain


Technically, a wine labeled ‘Cava’ can be produced in several different regions, but Penedès, on Spain’s northern Mediterranean coast, is its
spiritual home. The climate is Mediterranean, the soils a favorable mix of limestone (key in pre-serving acids), sand, and clay, and Cava sparklers are crafted in the traditional ‘Champagne’ method. The traditional grapes used for Cava are Xarel-lo (cha-RAY-yo), Macabeu, and Parellada.

Northwestern Spain


Galicia is lusher, colder, wetter, and greener than most of the rest of Spain, especially where wine-growing
is concerned. Viticulture up here is some of the most “heroic” in the world, as vineyards cling to impossibly steep slopes along snaking rivers such as the Miño and
the Sil. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is profound, often lending wines a salty, “sea spray” character.

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