1978 Alive History of La Rioja

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1978 Alive History of La Rioja

Dear folks,

Today I am going to tell you a little of the history of the Denominación de Origen Calificada Rioja.

The other day after dessert we finished with a Monte Real Gran Reserva 1978 (Bodegas Riojanas).

A surprising wine that after 32 years was in perfect conditions for its consumption. It was not as evolved as it could seem. With an intense tile colour, emphasizing in powerful aromas on the nose with a harmonious blend of ageing in oak and leathers mainly, not cherry-like aromas like other wines that I have tried, and an easy mouth pass with smooth tannins.

But the reason why I am writing this post is not to praise the high quality of this wine but to describe a little the history of La Rioja. Mandamientos divertidos

As you can see in the back label  appears the year Cosecha 1978, it seems normal to you that the vintage year is on, but it isn’t , since it wasn’t until 1980 when the vintage controls were restored in the Denomination.

This was because for the Bodegas Riojanas Centenary in 1990, they decided to prepare a special wine Viña Albina and Monte Real of 1978. Notifying the Regulators Council to come to certify when the wine was put into the barrels, when it was racked and bottled; moment then when they were kept locked in the winery’s cemetery until the bodega’s centenary in 1990.1978 Alive History of La Rioja

When it was time to label and after the Regulators Council rigorous control, it was authorized to seal it with the vintage year 1978, numbering the bottles instead of putting the behing label of previous harvests.

Reason why you already know that really the first year in which the Regulator Council certified a vintage year was in 1978 instead of 1980.

I hope you found this piece of history interesting.

2023-01-10

1978 Alive History of La Rioja

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1978 Alive History of La Rioja

 

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