2008 Remelluri Rioja
The Remelluri estate, situtated on the slopes of the Sierra de Toloño in the valleys of Valderemelluri, La Granja and Villaescusa, traces its history back to a 15th century monastery. The modern winery, which takes advantage of the vineyards' high elevation, was established in 1967 by Jamie Rodriguez Salis, earning its stellar reputation in the 1990s under the hand of Salis's son, Telmo, who returned to the helm of the estate before this was bottled. A blend of mostly Tempranillo, with small amounts of Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Malvasia from 10- to 90-year-old vineyards planted in the calcareous clay soils of Rioja Alavesa. Aged for 17 months in oak barrels of varying sizes and ages, This wine is prized for its focused black fruit, layers of spice and ageability.