Viña Bujanda Gran Reserva, made of 100% Tempranillo, comes from Rioja Alta and Alavesa areas. The wine is fermented in stainless steel tanks for 162 days and aged in oak for 24 months before it is ready to enjoy. The resulting wine shows intense complexity and great aging potential.
Tim Atkin, 92 pts
“Made in a year when there was no Finca Valpiedra release, this pure Tempranillo spent 24 months in French and American wood. It's an updated classic style, with sappy acidity, appealing minerality, red and black fruits and the freshness and extract to age. Evolving nicely.”
Vinous, 91 pts
“Deep red. Aromas of dried cherry and red berries are complemented by suggestions of succulent herbs and coconut. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and red currant flavors that pick up smoke and spice flourishes on the back half. Dusty tannins build slowly on the finish and frame lingering cherry and licorice notes.”
"Intense cherry colour with blue rim, Bright and crystalline. Elegant and complex with hints of woodwork, vanilla, cigar-box and spices. Recall of blackberry, plums in liqueur. Intense with a big volume developing on the palate, showing a big freshness and elegance. Well-balanced acidity with the alcohol. Rounded and rich. Long finish."
Medium and well matured cheeses. Strong and powerful stews. Steamed vegetables, legumes and chicken soup
Viña Bujanda is owned by the brother-and-sister team Carlos and Pilar Martínez-Bujanda Irribarria, whose family has been making wine since 1889. The estate was established in 2009 in the small village of Oyon near Logroño, completing the range of wines offered by Familia Martínez-Bujanda.
The old-vine estate vineyards consist of 14 small parcels, between 20 and 60 years old, that are cultivated separately to take advantage of the various microclimates and soil types. These vineyards are located within the Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa subregions of DOCa Rioja. Both areas offer a balanced, structured soil composition of sand, lime and clay. They are also slightly alkaline, with moderate water in the summer. Natural organic matter is used to fertilize the vineyards, as stems, skins and pruning remains are put back into the earth. This combination of soils and natural farming infuses the fruit with distinctive characteristics that result in wines of exceptional quality.
Although the 21st century has heralded modernization and automation in the winemaking process, the mission of the Familia Martínez-Bujanda has always remained true to the original intent of Joaquín Martínez-Bujanda from over a century ago – control of the vineyard is essential to making complex wines. Each generation has sought to best utilize each location, taking into account the altitude, microclimate, soil and the characteristics unique to each terroir, with the intention of creating wines that capture its essence. They continue to nourish the vineyards with organic matter and employ modern and traditional winemaking techniques to produce the best quality wine possible from each parcel. Viña Bujanda’s goal is to produce fresh, versatile, innovative wines of high quality and exceptional value.