The villages of Cuzcurrita de Río Tirón and Uruñuela in the winemaking region of La Rioja, Spain may have less than 1,000 inhabitants apiece, but, together, they produce some of the best grand reserve wine in the region.  Some of this wine comes from the Bodegas Urbina vineyards, which were founded by the Urbina family in 1870 and have been operated by them from their present facility since 1986.

Of special mention is their newly released 1996 vintage, a red-garnet colored wine squeezed from dark Tempranillo grapes.  Its elegant aroma of oak and tobacco compliments a velvety medley of prunes, dates, and raisins for a long, full finish.  Perfect for classy meals and long after-dinner conversations, Urbina Gran Reserva 1996 can be purchased from select UK retailers.

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