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Remelluri Granja Rioja Gran Reserva

$105.17

This Rioja property can trace its roots all the way back to the 14th century, when the vines were farmed by monks. Changing hands multiple times over the centuries, eventually the winery was purchased by Jaime Rodríguez in 1967. Jaime and his wife Amaia were intellectuals; he an archaeologist and she an artist. The couple focused on the estate’s historic vineyards and in 1971 Remelluri became the first single-vineyard Rioja of the modern era. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez Hernandorena, stepped into their father’s formidable shoes. Many consider Telmo to be one of Spain’s greatest winemakers. When Amaia and Telmo took control of Remelluri, they set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of the properties holdings. Cutting production by 1/3, they decided that their main wines would be made from only estate fruit. The vines are farmed according to organic principles and every step is taken to encourage a balanced polyculture. In the cellar Telmo is joined by his business partner Pablo Eguzkiza, who cut his teeth at famed Château Petrus. The wines are fermented naturally with indigenous yeasts, with each plot fermented separately. New oak is rarely used and the wines are very lightly filtered and fined.

The Gran Reserva is a truly special bottling using the best fruit from the Remelluri estate and kept back a minimum of 6 years in the cellar prior to release. It will continue to age beautifully for decades to come, but is also delicious now! A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano that shows excellent structure and wild mountain herbs. Please see below reviews of this wine:

“The DNA of Remelluri is here. Wild mountain herb character, structured and firm, these tannins are succulent and deeply expressive. Powerful and assertive red plums, wild cherries and roasting herbs with the oak sitting well. Power and balance. Try from 2021” – 96 points, James Suckling

“A blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano, the 2012 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva represents what they are aiming for with this wine, a classical expression of the place, the quintessence of the vineyards. They select their oldest vineyards and age the wine for a long time, coming back to those early years of a modern Rioja that has now turned into a classic. It has some dusty tannins, with good grip and length. It was bottled in 24,238 bottles after an élevage of 26 months. It has been in bottle since May 2015.” 94 Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

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