Lot 263 | 2002 Spain

Tempranillo

Incredibly pure plum fruit and a silken opulent texture.

$24.00

(6 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Lot 263 2002 Ribera Del Duero Gran Reserva Tempranillo

Lot 263 | 2002 Spain

Tempranillo

$24.00

(6 Reviews)

Discounted shipping on 12 bottles. Free shipping on 24 or more.

Wine Details

Time has served our Lot 263 2002 Ribera Del Duero Gran Reserva well revealing an incredible nose of cedar, graphite, licorice, black pepper and sweet cigar smoke. It has incredibly pure plum fruit and a silken opulent texture paired with a powerful structure built for aging – this wine will go another 20 years easy. Fruit and earth meld here seamlessly and you can actually smell the minerality that runs the length of this wine.

  • Vintage
  • 2002
  • Appellation
  • Spain
  • Grape
  • Tempranillo 100%
  • Alcohol by Volume
  • 13.5%
  • Cases Produced
  • 1260
  • Drink/hold
  • Now and through 2022
Cam Confidential

For a wine that has spent 3 years in barrel and almost 6 years in the bottle, it's remarkably deeply hued. Sam and I have always wondered about the Spanish propensity to bottle wine and sit on it for years on end. In fact, many of the pictures we took from our trip there a few years back were of acres and acres of bottled wine with no labels on it. It simply struck us cash flow guys as unbelievable. If my warehouse looked like that, my bank would have me drawn and quartered. That said, the historical reasons for the Spaniards cave aging their wines for so long really have to do with their tannin structures – the wines were typically hard edged and needed time in the cellar to soften.

Sourced from 40 to 80 year old vines, the wine undergoes 40 days of maceration before undergoing a hot, fast fermentation to maximize aromatics before going down to barrel for 36 months of aging in oak. Now, to answer your question – how the heck did I get my hands on this wine? Well, it's not terribly interesting to be honest but there not a lot I can say about it either. This is one of Spain's larger wine companies and this is their best wine. Trust me – I tasted through the entire portfolio. The wine would retail here for $65+ a bottle and probably more now with the weak dollar. At $24 this wine is an incredible deal.

Reviews

6 Reviews Total

thefunksobruva

Verified Purchase

Such a great character, in typical Temp. style! Full of life: Sun, earthy vibrance with a tricky ending. 10 years! What a bargain, and caught this during the Mardi Gras sale. Really worth it, and happy to see it's all sold out. That's a message to you, CH, that this one should be pursued again.

Lovely juice. Happy we have 16 more bottles... it'll be hard to say good-bye.

Paul from El Cerrito, CA & Reno, NV

A decade, and now we're drinking it. Cam's comment, in his review, about the curious custom of Spanish winemakers in laying down their best for 6-8-10 years is right on the money. But buy the wine, let it recover a bit from the travel, and then open it for a special occasion. The tartness that is part of a young tempranillo is gone from this wine; it's hitting its own, and I agree that anyone really patient could wait another decade or two to drink this and it would be something else again. Most of us won't wait that long, and Lot 263 is exactly the sort of Ribera del Duero product that Americans should learn to love. The first careful tasting usually takes care of that.

Mykl from Campbell, CA

REMEMBERING LOT 263, AN EVENING OF GRACE AND STYLEIt's never easy to say goodbye to a bottle of wine who has been a part of our lives. When that wine is gone, there's a hole where it used to be in your life. That's what many of us are feeling today.Some of you knew my Lot 263 Tempranillo better than others, but you're here because this juice had an impact on your life at my place last night, and you want to honor that. And because Lot 263 Tempranillo did affect you in some way, it's not going to be easy to say goodbye.At such a difficult time, it's important to remember the good memories we all have of Lot 263 By holding on to those memories, we can focus on the good times we had together, and help each other find comfort in this difficult time.Some of you may remember when I uncorked it and we tasted it before decanting Or perhaps others of you recall your first sip through the aerator. Even as a child, Lot 263 made a difference in people's lives, the planting, the harvest, the bottling. Lot 263 was a friend the entire evening. We will never forget its inky dark brooding fruit and the way it opened up to such a warm friend in only an hour. We will always remember how Lot 263 livened up the evening and touched all our lives with grace, class, style and attitude. And more than anything else, Lot 263 Tempranillo was a 2002 vintage, and a Gran Reserva at that from Ribera del Duero. I remember the voluptuous nose, the explosive finish. Some of you might think this is going too far for a mere bottle of wine. Please remember Lot 263 was not a mere bottle of wine. We are saying goodbye to a Tempranillo that had a big impact on our entire evening. It's always hard to lose someone you know, to let go of, and move on. But if we keep those good memories in our hearts and minds, we can find comfort by going to www.chwine.com and ordering more while it is still around. Order more today and Lot 263 Tempranillo will always be with us.Just by reading this here, you're showing Lot 263 had an impact on you. And that's a great comfort to me to know it can be ordered and can still touch other people's lives in the same way it touched mine. And that's how I'll always remember Lot 263 Tempranillo. http://store.chwine.com/lot-263-2002-ribera-del-duero-gran-reserva-tempranillo-p679.aspx ~Mike Welch

Mets4life from New York, NY

My friend brought over a bottle the other evening for a dinner party. We tasted through 4 different wines and then had your Lot 263. We were all blown away! It's complexity, richness, smooth, velvety tannins, and beautiful dark fruit. Your Tempranillo stole the show, hands down. I am on here to write this review, and I will be calling shortly to place an order. I am so excited to have found you guys!

Nick from San Mateo, CA

So dark purple it's almost black out of the bottle. Decanted it with our Vinturi and served it with dinner. Incredible plum and dark berry flavors - really great smooth finish. I'll totally buy this again.

Katherine

The quality of this wine is amazing! It's one of my favorites of the Lot Series and I haven't met one person yet who doesn't like it. It's delicious, and a great wine to impress people with. Not to mention the price is incredible!