This wine is is the Spanish wine lovers dream! Well rounded, and balanced. Great elegance. Notes on well integrated oak, black cherry, raspberry, pepper, mushrooms and the perfect amount of earthiness.
If you love Northwestern US Pinot Noirs, this wine is definitely for you!
Since the beginning of Miguel Merino's exporting career, he had long dreamt of having his own small "bodega", where he could make a few bottles of wine of the best quality possible. Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, gathered all the conditions he was looking for: old steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. Declared a town of historic and artistic merit, Briones is where he decided to site his bodega.
Twenty years ago, he restored an old 19th Century house on the outskirts of the town. On the adjoining land he built facilities for vinification, barrel and bottle aging and planted a small experimental vineyard.
Now, as one of the smallest and youngest wineries in Spain —his first vintage was 1994— his wines are among the most prestigious in the country, and we he is exporting them to over 30 markets. This encourages him to grow, not in quantity, but to constantly improve his style; how to get the best from each grape and each barrel. To continue to enjoy wine-making.
Balance and harmony are the key of a good Reserva wine. Nothing must be missing, but nothing should outstand: fruit, intensity, structure, longitude and personality must play in unison as a good orchestra. And that is what we pursue with this wine made from vineyards planted in the 60's in steep limestone slopes of Briones.
Winery/Producer: Miguel Merino
Grape(s): 96% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano
Style: Red, dry
Origin: Briones, La Rioja Alta, Rioja, Spain
Vinification: Grapes were hand harvested and sorted in the vineyard and the winery. No pre- or post-macerate, temperature controlled fermentation in small vats to keep all the subtle aromas and flavors from our vineyards. Malolactic fermentation in new oak barrels
Aging: 2 years in 19 new barrels built by Murúa with American oak staves and French oak heads. The wine was racked every 6 months and the barrels were topped every 6 weeks to minimize its oxidation.
% ABV: 14%