Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2012
A bright, rich and red, brambly-berry mountain-smelling red with lashes of florality. Remelluri’s Reserva is all estate-grown, organic and biodynamic fruit of the highest quality – despite being handled in a moderated version of Reserva production, all the real work is done in the vineyard. Aged in a mix of (mainly) french and american oak, new through four uses, and racked several times, but with no oxidation or abstraction, it’s a pure wine of the mountain.
|Varietal(s)||Tempranillo Garnacha Graciano|
James Suckling – This is very tannic and powerful with a full body, and a solid backbone. Dark berry and chocolate undertones. Hints of wet earth. Needs time to come together still. Tannic. Decant before serving or wait until 2021.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Not far off from the phenomenal 2010, the 2012 Reserva was cropped from a much warmer and riper vintage and it shows. This is the cuvée that represents the house style and wants to showcase the landscape of their estate, blending grapes from their 108 hectares of vineyards located at altitudes ranging from 550 to 800 meters altitude, with vines aged between 35 and 80 years. It's mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha and Graciano, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in barrel for some 16 months before being bottled. There are aromas of damson plums and plenty of spices, quite ripe and heady, a little cooked. The palate is lush and round with abundant, dusty tannins. This is a powerful vintage.
In a mixed or straight case: $74.09
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