Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Reserva Wines from Spain and Portugal

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wine Finds: Reserva Wines from Spain and Portugal

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When the word reserve or reserva appears on a wine label, what does it really mean? It may or may not mean anything depending on where the wine is from. For example, the U.S. has no rules governing its use. In contrast, Spain's Rioja requires that reserve red wines be aged at least three years and at least one of those years must be in oak. To be labeled reserva in neighboring Portugal, a wine must have been made in a year that was considered outstanding and have a minimum level of alcohol. Below are two examples:

VICENTE GANDA 2010 RAIZA RESERVA RIOJA, SPAIN

Bought * Straub's, 211 West Lockwood Avenue, in November for $13.99

Description * This Rioja Reserva, which received 90 points from Wine Spectator, is made from 100 percent tempranillo grapes. Aged in oak for 24 months, this is a full-bodied red that has an inviting cedar aroma and tastes of raspberries and plums with a touch of vanilla. …

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