2004 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1071083 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2004 Grand Reserva is Tempranillo blended with 4% Graciano from three vineyards, two planted in 1931 and a third, 'La Loma,' planted in 1946 near Briones. It is matured for 26 months in Allier and American barrels. It has a very harmonious bouquet with dark plum, singed leather, sous-bois and game that is very well-defined and classic in style. The palate is medium-bodied with elegant, fine tannins matched with well-judged acidity, the finish is a little dry and savory with hints of cocoa on the long aftertaste. This is an excellent Gran Reserva. Drink now-2020. (NM)  (8/2012)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright ruby-red. Highly aromatic nose shows a distinctly oaky quality, with ripe cherry, vanilla and coconut scents complicated by an exotic flourish of cocoa powder and anise. Deep bitter cherry and dark chocolate flavors gain sweetness in the glass, picking up a raspberry preserve quality. Impressively concentrated, lively wine with a sweet, supple, long finish. (JR)  (9/2012)

K&L Notes

We are very pleased to be focusing on our Spanish direct import program in Rioja, and most fortunate to have begun working with one of Rioja's most beloved vignerons, Miguel Merino. A longtime participant in the wine business, having sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as working as an export manager, Miguel has found success along every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler climate Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946. It is elegant, generous and a precociously delicious treat for now, or over the next 15 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Sarah Covey | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/18/2012 | Send Email
When we got this wonderful 40 year old vine Rioja in this fall, I was completely entranced by the Gran Reserva. As it has settled from its journey, it has calmed down and really begun to blossom. Soft plum fruit, continuing with medium weight on the palate, hints of leather, cedar and spice and finishing with just enough acid to convince me that it would be fabulous now with hearty fare (after decanting a bit), or do well in the cellar for another 10 years. Either way, a wine of complexity and strength. Treat yourself. The 2004 Merino Gran Reserva is worth it.

Staff Image By: Illya Haase | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/8/2012 | Send Email
This was such a hit at my recent tasting!! This bottle went up against some of the major house's in Rioja and Ribera del Duero. Thanks to Joe this is a direct import for K&L! From three vineyards, two planted in 1931 and the third “La Loma”- planted in 1946. Only the best hand harvested grapes go into this bottle. Beauitful sweet red fruit and a great backbone minerality! Perfect for any pork dish! Enjoy!

Staff Image By: Kyle Kurani | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 10/30/2011 | Send Email
I was so excited to try the new direct imports from Miguel Merino that Joe brought in this summer. They have been simply fantastic to drink through. The Grand Reserva is from vines planted in the 1940's, it is dense, complex and beautifully fruited. If you open this now, decant it and serve it along side something grilled, and enjoy!

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.


Alcohol Content (%): 14