Rioja is arguably Spain’s top wine region and is one of only two regions classified under the Denominación de Origen Calificada (DOCa) system. Its two most important red grapes are Tempranillo and Garnacha.
Colour: Dark cherry medium intensity and brownish edge.
Aroma: Spicy aromas of pepper, clove, cedar, woodwork – the agitation a better balance between fruit and wood, with black expression varietal aromas of blackberries, ripe plums. A light scent with hints of orange peel coupled with a rather balsamic, dry leaves, undergrowth and frankincense notes background.
Palate: Rich in expression oxidoreductora upbringing. Round, soft and elegant, flavorful, fresh acidity, an average persistence of spiciness with hints of incense aromas. The tannins are super-fine but are gentle. There is a lovely dark backbone here with a gentle hint of perfectly integrated spice. The wine caresses the palate and finishes with an earthy note of just-picked blackberries. Drink 2022-2036.
Grape Varieties: A blend of the traditional Rioja grapes, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía.
Awards: 94+pts – Wine Advocate-Parker
History of Remelluri
Known as Bodegas Y Vinedos Granja Ntra. Sra. De Remelluri in the past, but known to fans as simply Remelluri, this remains one of Rioja’s reference points.
The Remelluri name has a large following with Spanish fans and is known for its high quality Rioja wines and profound history that dates back to the fourteenth century. The big news here was the return of Telmo Rodriguez, who left the family winery to start his own projects throughout Spain, but returned in February 2010. Many changes have been made, and more will come. For a start, Telmo started a solera with Viura, blending different vintages, in a kind of homage to old white Riojas.
Further improvements such as redefining the brand’s product line by clearly separating the wines produced with the estate grapes and those produced with grapes purchased from external suppliers; as well as implementing biodynamic practices in the vineyards.