1955 Bodegas Franco Españolas "Cosecha Especial" Rioja (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1181092

Sourced from a first rate, historical Rioja collection, in a retired restaurateur's cellar built into the side of a hill in one of Basque province Bizkaia's beautiful seaside villages, this soon to be 60 year old bottle is a marvel: sealed with hard wax and stored in wood cases in a naturally temperature and humidity controlled cellar, the fills are in most cases nearly perfect. Remember that these are 60 years old without any re-conditioning! We were fortunate enough to open a bottle and can happily report that, after a bit of a slow start, the wine blossomed into true complexity. Officially classified as an excellent Rioja vintage, 1955 may prove to be a tough vintage to find but, if this bottling is any indication, it is well worth the search! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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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.