Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva - Rioja, Spain
Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva - Rioja, Spain

Castillo de Albai Rioja Reserva 2016 - Rioja, Spain

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91/100 - Decanter World Wine Awards
88/100 - Guia Penin (2015 Vintage)
87/100 - Time Atkin (2015 Vintage)
87/100 - Guia Penin (2014 Vintage)
88/100 - Falstaff (2013 Vintage)
87/100 Guia Penin (2013 Vintage)
89/100 - Gilbert & Gaillard (2012 Vintage)
90/100 - Wine & Spirits Magazine (2011 Vintage)
89/100 Wine Enthusiast (2011 Vintage)
89/100 - Gilbert & Gaillard (2011 Vintage)
88/100 - Falstaff (2011 Vintage)
88/100 - Wine Spectator (2011 Vintage)

Gold - 2020 Concurso Mundial de Bruselas
Bronze - International Wine Challenge
Gold - Gilbert & Gaillard International Challenge (2015 Vintage)
Gold - Asia Wine Trophy (2015 Vintage)
Gold - Berlin Wine Trophy (2015 Vintage)
Gold - China Wine & Spirit Awards (2015 Vintage)
Silver - Mundus Vini (2015 Vintage)
Silver - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles (2015 Vintage)
Silver - World Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists (2015 Vintage)
Bronze - International Wine & Spirit Competition (2015 Vintage)
Gold - Mundus Vini (2014 Vintage)
Gold - Berlin Wine Trophy (2014 Vintage)
Silver - International Wine & Spirits Competition (2014 Vintage)
Silver 91 Points - 2019 DAWA (2014 Vintage)

6th Place '100 Best Wineries of the World' - World Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists - World Ranking (2014 Vintage)
2nd Place ‘Best Wineries of Spain’ - World Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists - World Ranking (2014 Vintage)
Most awarded winery in the World - World Association of Wine and Spirits Journalists (2014 Vintage)

Guia Penin "Guia 2021. aged, balanced, spicy, floral, ripe" (2015 Vintage)

Ana Belén Toribio,(Spanish Wine Critic) "An elegant wine dominated by the aromas of ripe red fruits and spices. Good entry into the mouth with smooth and rounded tannins. It presents a good balance between acidity and tannins. Pairs with all kinds of meats, grilled or roasted, aged cheeses, or as an aperitif without food." (2014 vintage)

Guia Penin "Colour: dark-red cherry, garnet rim. Nose: spicy, ripe fruit. Palate: classic aged character, spicy, easy to drink." (2014 Vintage)

The Winemaker "Made exclusively from the Tempranillo grape variety, grapes are carefully handpicked from small production vineyards from vines over 80 years-old. The result is a superb wine with ripe, red fruit aromas and hints of spices. In the palate it is powerful, yet elegant and balanced." (2014 Vintage)

Gilbert & Gaillart "An easy-drinking wine with velvety fruit showing good acidity and delicate oakiness. International in style." (2013 vintage)

Falstaff "Smells quite radiant and clear of Darjeeling tea and red currant. On the palate, light in the extract with strong alcohol, with a juicy, mild mid-palate and a fruity finish that picks up the aromas of the fragrance again. Pleasant drinking wine." (2013 Vintage) (German Translated)

Guia Penin "Colour: Cherry. Nose: scrubland, red berry notes, fruit liqueur notes, waxy notes. Palate: spicy, good acidity, fine bitter notes." (2013 Vintage)

Gilbert & Gaillart "Ruby-hued. Notes of red fruits and ripe plum feature on the nose, combined with menthol and black pepper notes. A characterful wine on the palate, forceful on the attack then fruity with rich acidity and persistent toast. Classically styled." (2012 vintage)

Wine Enthusiast "Saucy berry aromas are accompanied by notes of coffee, olive and forest floor. This has a drawing mouthfeel, while the palate collapses a bit on itself. Flavors of raspberry and cherry offer no small amount of vanilla and oak, while the finish is lively, long and oaky. Drink through 2022." (2011 Vintage)

Gilbert & Gaillard "Deep ruby. Vanilla notes coupled with ripe red fruits and menthol notes melding with faint blackcurrant are delivered on the nose. A classic, delicately textured and long wine on the palate with fruit and good acidity." (2011 Vintage)

Falstaff "Smells of wild strawberries, after contact with air also thyme, some iron. Comparatively poor in contour on the palate, slightly creamy, mature tannins with slight green components that disappear behind the creaminess, medium length, rather restrained acidity. Correct consumption quality, also as an accompaniment to simple dishes, chorizo and cheese." (2011 Vintage) (German Translated)

Wine Spectator "A smooth texture carries flavors of plum, licorice, cedar and smoke in this savory red. Features light, firm tannins and gentle acidity. Modest but balanced. Drink now through 2020. 10,000 cases made, 800 cases imported. — TM" (2011 Vintage)

Castillo de Albai is one of Spain’s most internationally famous wine region is renowned for creating top quality wines with exceptional ageing ability. It lies in northern Spain, by the side of the River Ebro from which the region’s name derived. Elegance and poise is the hallmark of the wines shaped in this ancient region. The variety of its soils, together with the combination of modern and traditional growing practices allow winemakers to produce a wide range of wines that exhibit different personalities, always within the framework that their long-established Qualified Denominación de Origen demands from them.

The Pagos del Rey Project started in 2002 by the Felix Solis company with the aim of making quality wines in the most prestigious wine making regions in Spain, with wines with their own personality. The company has wineries in Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Rueda and Toro. All of them have a modern design that combines tradition and innovation, and the latest technology in wine making.

The World Ranking of Wines and Spirits (WRWS) gave Felix Solis sixth place in the top 100 Best Wineries of the World and second place in the category ‘Best Wineries of Spain’. These accolades add too many already received making Félix Solís Avantis the most awarded winery in the world with 200 medals and awards. The data collected in the WRWS includes medals obtained in 2016 from prestigious competitions as Berliner Wein Trophy, Mundus Vini, Decanter and the International Wine Challenge.

For the creation of the World Ranking of Wines & Spirits, the prestigious association of wine journalists uses data from national and international competitions whose results are public and the score of each winery is established based on the significance of each contest and the importance of the medals awarded.

In 2020 wines produced by the Solís family won 37 medals in the internationally recognised German wine competition, Mundus Vini including 21 gold and 16 silver awards. Among the awards was 'Best of Show', and 'Best wine red wine from Spain for Food'.

Rioja in Northern Spain is best known for berry-scented, barrel-aged red wines made from Tempranillo and Garnacha. It is arguably Spain's top wine region.

Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal, the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley.