MIGUEL MERINO GRAN RESERVA
GRAPE: Tempranillo 96% Graciano 6%
APPELLATION: Rioja DOCa
VINIFICATION: The grapes were hand-picked and transported in small crates so that they arrive to the winery in the best conditions. Once there, all the bunches were checked again in the sorting table. Fermentation took place in small vats of stainless-steel, at controlled temperature, with frequent remontages (pumping over the must). Malolactic fermentation took place in new oak barrels.
TASTING NOTES: Powerful wine. Notes of incense, nutmeg and cigar ash, with abundant, slightly grainy tannins. It has a slightly different spice profile from the wines matured in American oak, livelier and more powerful.
FOOD PAIRING: Perfect pairing with Iberico bellota ham roasted lamb beef wellington fillet mignon suckling pig and all important dishes
- 94 Points by Robert Parker ( Wine Advocate), Vntg 2016.
- 93 Points by Robert Parker ( Wine Advocate), Vntg 2014.
PRODUCER: Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, gathered all the conditions I was looking for: old steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. Declared a town of historic artistic merit, Briones is where we decided to site our bodega.
Now as one of the smallest wineries in Spain, our wines are among the most prestigious in the country.