jueves, 2 de febrero de 2017

Tim Atkin “Special Report Rioja 2017” Bodegas Urbina


Tim Atkin, es uno de los prescriptores vitivinícolas más reputados y conocedores de Rioja a nivel internacional. Por segundo año consecutivo este prescriptor británico y master of wine, hace público su monográfico "Rioja 2017 Special Report". Donde respalda a la pequeña y mediana bodega, en la que mantiene su idea de reconocer la labor de bodegas comprometidas con el cultivo de sus propios viñedos.


Comentarios y puntuaciones sobre Urbina "Tim Atkin, Special Report Rioja 2017":

(94 Points) 1996 Urbina Gran Reserva: Urbina is not as well known as bodegas like López de Heredia, but it deserves to be. This is another mature, bottle-aged triumph that will have Rioja lovers purring with pleasure. Sweet, seductive and well balanced with classic red berry, game and balsamic notes. 2017-21

(94 Points) 2001 Urbina Reserva Especial Reserva: If you’re a fan of traditional, oak- and bottle-aged Rioja and Urbina is not on your radar then you’re missing out. This fresh, mature, savour, sweetly oaked red from Cuzcurrita is an amazing bottle of wine for only £20. Such balance, such poise, such downright enjoyment. 2017-24

(93 Points) 1999 Urbina Selección Crianza: No, I didn’t make a mistake with the vintage. This is indeed a Crianza from 1999, made by one of the very best traditional producers from Tempranillo with 5% Graciano and Mazuelo. It’s a silky, mature, gamey, hedonistic style with lovely balance and the acidity of a cooler area. 2017-22
- Urbina Gran Reserva 1996. Score: Red 94
- Urbina Crianza 2009. Score: Red 89
- Urbina Reserva Especial 2001. Score: Red 94
- Urbina Rosado Genérico 2015. Score: Rosé 87
- Urbina Selección Crianza 1999. Score: Red 93
- Urbina Viura Genérico 2014. Score: White 87


Tim Atkin en su primer y controvertido informe de Rioja del año 2016 en el que por primera vez un crítico se atrevió a realizar una clasificación de bodegas en pleno debate sobre la pretendida diferenciación de vinos de Rioja. Hora a regresado con su "Rioja 2017 Special Report", en este sentido, clasifica las bodegas riojanas en cinco categorías, equivalentes a los grand cru bordeleses (en grupos de quince).

En su artículo, Atkin sigue reclamando al Consejo Regulador "valentía" para dar el paso de diferenciar y clasificar los viñedos de Rioja e insiste en que "Rioja parece ser feliz siendo una región (seis de diez)", pero el crítico está convencido de que si hace las cosas bien podría estar en la élite mundial: "El futuro no radica en la uniformidad, sino en la diversidad". También dedica un apartado especial en su artículo al nuevo panorama de blancos de Rioja, que califica de "emocionante", con la viura y las nuevas uvas autóctonas como protagonistas.

Tim Atkin respalda la calidad de los vinos, el compromiso y la filosofía de trabajo de las bodegas familiares, junto con una mezcla de casas históricas y los elaboradores más prestigiosos de los últimos 20 años.


Tim Atkin is an award-winning wine writer and Master of Wine with 31 years’ experience. He writes for a number of publications, including The World of Fine Wine, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Imbibe, Decanter, Jamie Magazine, Robb Report... He is a co-chairman of the International Wine Challenge, the world’s most rigorously judged blind tasting competition, and have won over 30 awards for his journalism and photography.

Tim Atkin MW is a UK wine journalist with an international following. He writes for Harpers, Decanter, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Jamie Magazine and Imbibe and has own, award-winning website, timatkin.com. He also has a second career as a photographer whose photos have been published in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the World of Fine Wine and exhibited in London, Provence, Poland and Lebanon.

Tim is the winner of many awards, including the Glenfiddich Wine Writer Award in 1988, 1990, 1993, 2004 and 2006 and the Wine Guild of the United Kingdom’s Wine Columnist of the Year in 1991, 1992, 1994 and 1996. In 1994, he was the first recipient of the Wines of France Award. The following year he was the co-winner of The Bunch Award, described by Auberon Waugh as the “Booker Prize of wine writing”, and the winner of the Waterford Crystal Wine Correspondent of the Year Award. In 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004 he was named Lanson Wine Writer of the Year. Also in 2002, he was highly commended in the PPA Editor of the Year (Business and Professional Magazines) category for his work in transforming Harpers, the UK trade magazine he edited between 2000 and 2003. In 2005 he won the inaugural Wines of Portugal Award. In 2007 he was named Communicator of the Year by the International Wine & Spirit Competition and Best Drink Journalist in the World Food Media Awards. In 2009 he was highly commended in the Columnist of the Year (Business Media) category in the PPA Awards and named Louis Roederer International Wine Columnist of the Year. In 2011, he won the first Born Digital Award for editorial content on timatkin.com. At the 2011 Louis Roederer Awards, his website was named International Wine Website of the Year, an award he won for a second time in 2013. In 2012 he was named as one of Wine Intelligence's 10 for 10 (the people who had made a positive and lasting impact on the wine industry). In 2014 Tim won the Oniine Drink Writer of the Year Award at the Fortnum & Mason Awards, the Louis Roederer Online Communicator of the Year Award and the Harpers' French Wine Awards Best French Wine Writer/Critic Award. In 2015, he won his fifth Louis Roederer Award, this time for Feature Writer of the Year. In 2016, he was given the Premio Memorial Víctor de la Serna by the Real Academia de Gastronomía for his services to Spanish wine.

Tim has contributed to a number of books on wine, including the New World of Wine, as well as writing two of his own - Chardonnay and Vins de Pays d’Oc. He was also the co-author with Anthony Rose of five editions of the annual consumer guide, Grapevine.

He has judged wines in the UK, France, Italy, the United States, Argentina, Spain, South Africa, Chile and Australia and is co-chairman of the London-based International Wine Challenge, the world’s biggest and most rigorously judged blind tasting competition. He is also the chairman of the Wines from Spain Awards and the Languedoc-Roussillon Top 100. In 2010 he was the international judge at the Melbourne Show and the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. He is also a member of the panel that chooses the annual Top 50 Italian Wine Awards and judges the Cellars in the Sky Awards, assessing the wines listed by airlines in First and Business Classes.

Tim is widely respected for his amusing and often controversial presentational style. In 2010 he was the keynote speaker at the Fine Wine Conference in Ribera del Duero and moderated a panel on emerging markets at the Masters of Wine Symposium in Bordeaux. Over the years, he has lectured to banks, firms of solicitors, singles’ evenings and numerous wine associations and clubs, specialising in the wines of France, Spain, Italy and the New World. He is also one of the Three Wine Men (with Olly Smith and Oz Clarke), co-hosting half a dozen consumers weekends each year in the UK.

Tim enjoys collecting and taking photos, golf, running, singing, reading and cooking and speaks fluent French and Spanish. He holds a BA from Durham University in Modern Languages and a Masters (with distinction) from the London School of Economics in European Studies. In 1993 he was a European Union fellow on the Paris-based Journalists in Europe programme. In 2001 he passed the notoriously difficult Master of Wine examination at the first attempt, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best set of theory papers. He is a Caballero del Vino, a Chevalier du Tastevin and a member of the Ordre du Bontemps in Bordeaux and the Cofradia de Rioja.

- Premio Memorial Víctor de la Serna, Real Academia de Gastronomía 2016
- Louis Roederer Feature Writer of the Year 2015
- Louis Roederer On Line Drink Writer of the Year 2014
- Fortnum & Mason Online Drink Writer of the Year 2014
- Special Mention, Terroirs d'Images Photography Awards 2013
- Finalist, National Theatre Port Urban Photography Competition 2013
- Wine Intelligence Ten for Ten Business Award 2012
- Louis Roederer Wine Website of the Year 2011, 2013
- Born Digital Award for timatkin.com 2011
- Louis Roederer Columnist of the Year 2009
- World Food Media Awards Best Drink Journalist 2007
- IWSC Communicator of the Year 2007
- Wines of Portugal 2005
- Lanson Wine Writer of the Year 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Bunch Award 1995
- Wines of France Award 1994
- Glenfiddich Wine Writer Award 1988, 1990, 1993, 2004, 2006
- Wine Guild Columnist of the Year 1991, 1992, 1994, 1996

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