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“At fifty years of age, the wine is still at the peak of its powers”John Gilman on the 1970
“Dense and savoury … Serious stuff.”Jancis Robinson on the 1975
“Velvety and complex, with impeccable focus and balance.”John Gilman on the 1978
Most of us enjoy debating the greatest vintages of a given region, producer or wine. But it’s rare to find the kind of consensus the Rioja establishment has when it comes to the 1970s.
In the view of the official consejo—which represents the producers—the years of 1970, 1975 and 1978 stand alone in that decade. And as time has gone by, critics and collectors have come to agree.
Yet, finding pristine bottles from these three mythic years is increasingly difficult, thanks in part to the decade’s tiny harvests, which were about one-quarter of today’s crops.
Fortunately, we enjoy world-exclusive access to the library of old vintages belonging to one of the most important Rioja bodegas, Riojanas, which was founded in 1890.
As a result, we can offer—for the first time ever and direct from Riojanas’ library—their iconic Viña Albina Gran Reserva in a three-vintage trilogy of 1970, 1975 and 1978.
Needless to say, the condition of each bottle is immaculate. And the wines are breathtakingly rich and youthful.
Yet, despite the unique pedigree, we can offer this three-bottle collection for an incredible $545. It would be impossible to find the three vintages elsewhere with this provenance. And even if you could, you’d pay at least $700 for the three bottles.
Thanks to our decades of advocacy for great Spanish wine, we've forged close relationships with most of Rioja’s historic bodegas. And that has afforded some unique privileges. Among the greatest of these is having sole access to Riojanas’ library of perfectly preserved old vintages.
Every bottle that comes from the library is a legendary Gran Reserva, either Monte Real or Viña Albina, and none of the bottles have ever before left Riojanas’ cellar.
In the past, we’ve made several exciting offers of Monte Real and Viña Albina from the Riojanas library. But this is the first time you will have seen these three vintages of Albina with this very desirable library provenance (and bearing the special ex-Riojanas Library back label).
And so this represents an extraordinary opportunity for anyone who loves great, traditionally made red wine at its peak of ambrosial maturity.
Sadly, because of limited quantities of these vintages remaining in the library, this could be your only opportunity to buy all three vintages with this provenance. And it is very unlikely you’ll see this price again. It is a gift.
Limit three assortments per client, subject to remaining available.
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