Region: Spain,  Rioja
Varieties:  Tempranillo with Mazuelo and Graciano
"Urbina are a fascinating mix of Rioja via location and terroir specifics and Rioja via winemaking (the Reserva etcetera fetish for wood and racking).
Urbina wines have an incredibly distinct style: They are gamey, elegant, spare, red berry wines of great longevity. All are free-flowing and delicate, with fine, uncluttered lines. The fruit is in a juniper and red current spectrum laced with red thyme and a trace of sweet spice.
Urbina’s trademark dry undergrowth here takes on the faded smell of a woodpile, mulberries in air, gentle balsam and a whisper of earthy spice on the nose. The palate is lovely: deep and soft, animated, layered, cedary and spiced, with tannins redolent of sweet grape seeds and the dry springy floor of a birch forest."