If you're a regular reader of these emails, then you know that we're mad for the great Tempranillos of Rioja.

At a time of skyrocketing prices for Bordeaux and Burgundy, they remain one of the enduring values in the world of wine, offering, as Forbes put it, both "incredible ageability" and tremendous character.

And some Tempranillos, like this extraordinary, single-vineyard, old-vine bottling from CVNE Pagos de Viña Real, manage to find another gear entirely, delivering a soulful and poetic essay on terroir. And bear in mind: only in years where the harvests are excellent, is a Pagos de Viña Real released, with grapes rigorously sourced from their best plots.

In a 95-point rave, Wine Enthusiast hailed it for its dark and complex nose ("aromas of cassis, anisette and mocha"), developed palate (a "mélange of cooling herb flavors, notably licorice, clove and eucalyptus, which make way for blackberry, black cherry and vanilla") and "opulent tannins."

Long before the late 20th century boom in Spanish wine, and, more specifically, the explosion of interest in the wines of Rioja, Viña Real was there. The label goes back a century, and it has built a passionate, world-wide following on more than mere high quality. Its wines offer something ineffable and profound: an exploration of the remarkable intricacies of the Rioja Alavesa. 

In this case, that means their La Romera vineyard in the village of Labastida, at the foot of the Toloño Mountains – a plot of old vines planted four decades ago on clay and boulder soils.

Tempranillos are wines of great power, but the best also have a sneaky elegance. To maximize the expressive potential of the vintage, it was fermented in small vats with indigenous yeasts, and aged on the lees in French oak barrels.

If you compare the 2018 to previous vintages, you'll note straightaway that the 2018 was given a good deal less oak, revealing an almost fruit-forwardness that is striking and welcome in a Rioja, and only adds to the charm and elegance of the wine.

James Suckling, who also awarded it 95 points, set its drinking window for 2023, making now the perfect time to stock up on this deeply rewarding Rioja that, over the next 5-7 years, is only going to continue to soften and mature. But hurry; our quantities are limited!



*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Summer 2023. With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer not valid in MI, NY, or TN. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, March 2, 2023.

*Due to limited storage space for pre-ordered product, we can only hold orders for 30 days from the first notification that your order is ready for pickup. If you are unable to pick up your order within 30 days, please contact Concierge Sales at (855) 841-2752 or to make an arrangement. A store associate may reach out periodically to notify you of your order. Unfortunately, if no arrangements have been made, after 30 days, the order will need to be cancelled and we will provide a full refund.  No orders will be cancelled without multiple communication attempts.