By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/1/2015 | Send Email
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. We had the opportunity to enjoy this at our company party, and it went down quickly! Too quickly as I did not get much more than a tiny sip from a colleague's glass. Needless to say it's a great wine to enjoy now, with softer tannins, succulent dark cherry fruit and an underlying subtly meaty savor. This bottle is an encouraging sign of the ageing potential of Merino's current release '04 gran reserva.