"Deemed by many "the vintage of the century," the 1964 growing season saw
perfect conditions, exactly 200 days of vegetative cycle and the 1964
Viña Real was granted the Reserva Especial category by CVNE. The
parameters were also textbook: 13. 42% alcohol and bottled in June 1969.
1964 was a leap year, and the Winter Olympics were held in Innsbruck,
Austria. Cassius Clay, later Muhammad Ali, was crowned heavyweight
champion of the world, the first Ford Mustang rolled off the assembly
line at the Ford Motor Company, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
marry (for the first time) in Montreal and Martin Luther King, Jr. was
awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. It was back then when Beatlemania
arrived in the U.S.and Bob Dylan released "Times, They Are a-Changin'."
The top-selling films of the year were "Goldfinger," "Mary Poppins" and
"My Fair Lady." I'm sure there are more, but Dirk Niepoort and Álvaro
Palacios were born that year, so a good crop for winemakers! There was
some discussion about the 1964 Viña Real Reserva Especial, which is
normal when a famous vintage is uncorked and expectations are so high;
more often than not they cannot be fulfilled. However, for me this was
still great bottle of 1964, powerful and expressive, still showing some
fruit (a mixture of red and black berries) with plenty of spicy and
tertiary notes, underbrush, truffles, mushrooms, polished but still with
some clout. Quite complex, but not the best bottle of 1964 I've had.
The track record is there, and the good bottles should have a long life
ahead. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030."
95 pts Luis Gutierrez The Wine Advocate
Please note this wine is not located in a store, but is stored in a
temperature controlled cellar and will ship once the wine is transferred
to the store for packaging.