2008 Marques de Legarda Crianza Rioja

SKU #1112145 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2008 Marques de Legarda Crianza has an attractive bouquet of brambly red berry fruits tinged with marmalade and Moroccan leather. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins and is well-balanced. It builds gently to a lovely, dusky dark chocolate-coated finish that maintains freshness and tradition to the very finish. This is very commendable. Drink now-2015.  (8/2012)

K&L Notes

We are thrilled to begin working with the oldest bodega in all Rioja, a winery whose traditionally styled wines may not be well known (yet) but surely will become so after people taste how good they are. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Abalos, Bodegas de la Real Divisa (whose wines sell under the name Marques de Legarda) is not only the oldest bodega in all of Rioja, with a history of vine growing stretching back to the 14th century, but to our knowledge one of the oldest wineries in the world. This important and historical bodega produces wine from their own 30 hectares of vines, primarily Tempranillo with some Graciano and Mazuelo, all located in Abalos.

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By: Mari Keilman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2013 | Send Email
So classicly Rioja with the dark cherry fruit, this $14 crianza over delivers with copious amounts of earth, incense and beautiful baking spices.

By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/26/2012 | Send Email
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Produced mostly from Tempranillo, this lovely, well-balanced, harmonious Rioja from the oldest bodega in that wine producing region provides a highly perfumed nose of cranberries and mulberries, with distinctive undertones of violets, cedar, citrus, and a dusty minerality. Medium-full in body, this complex Gem shows excellent integration of very fine, silky tannins with superb structure and depth of character. Its long, fleshy finish seems to last forever. This Gem, according to Rusty, will be one of our house reds for the month and for the next three to six years.13.5% ABV
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By: Leah Greenstein | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/12/2012 | Send Email
I still can't believe that this Rioja is only $14.99, but that's not to say that I'm complaining. These days, with another baby on the way, I'm looking for values to drink (when I can drink again--thank goodness I can still taste) more than ever. There's a lot packed into this bottle: spice, cherry fruit and leathery accents to name a few. This has a grippy, full texture and a savory, old school structure. Excellent.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/3/2012 | Send Email
Our visit to Legarda was one of the most interesting visits to a winery I have ever experienced. Likely the oldest operating winery in Spain and maybe even Europe, this place exudes history. The wines however are timeless. Classic Rioja with a slightly modern tact, the basic Crianza is bright with red fruit flavors, earthy loamy notes and a hint of cocoa in the finish. Great length and finish, this is a winery to jump on board with.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/27/2012 | Send Email
What a delicious, textbook traditional style Rioja! Marques de Legarda is that super rare breed of Rioja that both reflects the style of a single village (in this case, the Rioja Alta village of Abalos)as well as the time honored traditional approach of blending tempranillo with a few other grape varieties (here, mazuelo and graciano)and ageing the wines carefully in American oak then in bottle prior to releasing. Spicy, red berry fruits are balanced by the refreshing acidity of the 2008 vintage. This balance combines with sufficient tannins and stuffing to age an additional 5-6 years. We are proud to be directly importing such terrific values from this historic bodega.

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 13.5