Alto Del Obre Rioja Reserva, Bodeagas Taron 2005


75cl bottle: £13.95

Case of 12 75cl bottles: £167.40


Rare mature Rioja from the great 2005 vintage (9/10), drinking perfectly now. This is made from vines dating back 70 years, and spread over four vineyard plots in the 'Rioja Alta' region. The wine is put into the barrels after a small natural resting period following the malolactic fermentation. It remains in new American oak barrels for an average of 2 years and then aged extensively in bottle, enhancing its complexity.

Our Tasting Notes

This ruby red wine has great balance and fine bouquet following good élevage and long ageing. Its is rich and luscious with good fruit, weight and breadth and an elegant, long finish.

Wine Data

Grape variety: Tempranillo, Mazuelo
Appellation: Rioja
Alcohol: 13.5%


Rioja is always a sound bet at Christmas, especially if you’re lucky enough to be sitting down to roast saddle of lamb rather than that dried up old cardboard we know as turkey. The 2005 Alto del Obre, Rioja Reserva from the Bodegas Tarón co-operative, set high in the foothills of the Sierra Obarenes, fits the bill perfectly. Brand new to FVD’s list, it’s a lusciously flavoursome blend of 90 per cent Tempranillo and 10 per cent Mazuelo (the oldest vines of which were planted more than a century ago) aged in American oak barrels for 14 months and then in bottle for a further two years. It’s full of rich, ripe and concentrated bramble/ hedgerow fruit with plenty of aromatic spice in the background and a long, soft, satisfying finish. £12.95 down from £13.95.