Montebuena

In the mid-1960s, 70% of the winegrowers (175 vintners) decided to join forces and found the Unión de Cosecheros of Labastida, which currently ranks as the largest co-operative winery in the Basque Country, with a production capacity of 7 million liters. 
Right from the outset, these winegrowers wanted to be involved in the entire process, from cultivating vineyards to barrel-ageing wine to bottling. Towards this end, the co-op has established its own brands and striven to enhance its facilities, equipping them with the most modern equipment available, as with its stainless steel tanks, a cooling unit for regulating fermentation temperatures and new bottling plant. Their wines have been consistently good quality with consistent good press to match, and offer exceptional value.

Rioja

From the largest cooperative in the Basque region. Produced exclusively from their vineyards in Rioja from 100% Tempranillo grapes, hand harvested. and aged in American oak casks.

Reviews:

2010 Wine Advocate 90 Points
“Montebuena is 100% Tempranillo, raised entirely in American oak. Vivid ruby. Ripe cherry and blackcurrant on the nose and in the mouth. Pliant and seamless in texture, with good heft and back-end energy. Finishes smooth and sweet, with fine-grained tannins providing shape and grip. Still on the young side but this wine drinks very well with an hour or so of decanting; it's an excellent value for Rioja." TANZER 90 POINTS

Price: Fl $120, 3cs $108, 5cs $96, 10cs $88