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1998 Gran Oristan Reserva

Bodegas Juan Ramon Lozano is a premium wine producer in Spain which sources its fruit from a few key regions: La Carrasca, La Numancia, El Corral, El Ventorro and Los Andreus. It features some of the more popular spanish grapes such as Granacha, Macabeo, Verdejo and Tempranillo – this wine is Tempranillo-based.


With an alcohol level of only 12.5% – this wine presents itself in a rather old-world, low alcohol fashion which I’m personally a big fan of. 

Nose: Blueberries and blackberries mixed with some vanilla spice, rubarb and faint hints of elderberry blossom. I also pick up hints of black licorice and bubbleyum.

Taste: Good fruit on the front which gets dry across the mid-palate. It finishes with black pepper-dusted plums and cherries. Hints of eucolyptus also linger quite nicely on the finish – this is a pretty well-balanced wine which is drinking rather well at this time – it has had wide-spread availability around the country, so finding a bottle shouldn’t prove too difficult. 

It’s not the best spanish wine I’ve had, but at just under $12, it is breaking into being a value-play.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%

  • Elina Vinarsky

    I taste vines from the region I was traveled. I have never being in Spain.
    This vine is superb. It made for people who like dry vine without bells and whistles of extras ingredients, which spoil and confuse the taste of grapes which grows in particular region. This vine has a strong distinguished character of a monk or a lonely worrier or a person who enjoy life in its simplicity. It has smells of cherry but you do not feel it when you drink it.
    I feel just grapes, the oak and leather. It is my type of vine.