ITEM 135531

1964 CVNE Vina Real Reserva Especial Rioja

$349.99

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Wine Rating:

95WA

Bottle Size

750ml

Vintage

1964

Country/State

spain

Wine Region

rioja

Variety

tempranillo

Wine Producer

cvne

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Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: 95 points

"Deemed by many "the vintage of the century," the 1964 growing season saw perfect conditions, exactly 200 days of vegetative cycle and the 1964 Viña Real was granted the Reserva Especial category by CVNE. The parameters were also textbook: 13. 42% alcohol and bottled in June 1969. 1964 was a leap year, and the Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck, Austria. Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, was crowned heavyweight champion of the world, the first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor marry (for the first time) in Montreal and Martin Luther King, Jr. was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. It was back then when Beatlemania arrived in the U.S.and Bob Dylan released "Times, They Are a-Changin'." The top-selling films of the year were "Goldfinger," "Mary Poppins" and "My Fair Lady." I'm sure there are more, but Dirk Niepoort and Álvaro Palacios were born that year, so a good crop for winemakers! There was some discussion about the 1964 Viña Real Reserva Especial, which is normal when a famous vintage is uncorked and expectations are so high; more often than not they cannot be fulfilled. However, for me this was still great bottle of 1964, powerful and expressive, still showing some fruit (a mixture of red and black berries) with plenty of spicy and tertiary notes, underbrush, truffles, mushrooms, polished but still with some clout. Quite complex, but not the best bottle of 1964 I've had. The track record is there, and the good bottles should have a long life ahead. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030." - Luis Gutierrez

Review Date: April 2015