2001 Marques de Riscal "Baron de Chirel" Reserva Rioja

SKU #1145762 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Dark violet in color, with plenty of wood smoke and earth to the nose, which also offers tobacco and mushroom. Dynamic on the palate, with ripe cherry and blackberry flavors. Sort of airy on the finish, with mocha and chocolate. Hefty throughout, with nice tannins. From Marqués de Riscal.  (10/2005)

90 points Wine & Spirits

 Marqués de Riscal planted cabernet sauvignon in La Rioja Alavesa in the 1860s, and you can sense its richness and tobacco scents in the Chirel blend. This '01 is full and meaty, with the dark scents of game developing out of its dense, smoky tannins. It has the structure to age, and the flavor development to enjoy with braised shoulder of lamb.  (12/2006)

89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. The nose shows darker fruit tones than the 2001 Reserva, with cherry preserve and dark berry aromas complicated by exotic oak spice. Dense and lush, with a chewy quality to the sweet flavors of cherry, plum and dark chocolate. Rich, broad and supple through the sweet, long, ripely tannic finish, with a note of sexy oak emerging. Undeniably delicious; fans of toasty, oaky wines will likely rate this even higher.  (9/2006)

Wine Spectator

 Fresh and clean, this red shows dark flavors of black cherry, chocolate and smoke, with a food-friendly balance of light tannin and crisp acidity.  (8/2005)

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Staff Image By: Jim Barr | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/14/2014 | Send Email
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In the last three to four years, our Spanish Wine Buyer, Joe Manekin, has become equally as dangerous as our Italian wine buyer, Greg St. Clair, in regards to the influence on my (and, I am sure, yours) wine purchasing habits for my collection. Of the several hundred cases of wine that I had in my collection a decade ago, I had maybe one bottle of Italian juice. Today, I have over thirty cases (you’re an evil person, Greg). The same can be stated regarding Spanish wines. I had one bottle, maybe, a decade ago. Today, I am looking at nearly thirty cases (Joe, you have also joined that lofty evil level held by Greg St.Clair) Seriously, the amazing quality and quantity of great wines at ridiculously reasonable prices that these two buyers have brought to all us over the last “X” amount of years is mind-boggling. This older Reserva Rioja production from Marques de Riscal is a prime example of some of the great wines that Joe Manekin has been discovering. Medium-deep ruby red in color with just a slight hint of age (brickish orange) on its edges, the magnificent scents of black cherry, cedar, cigar box, portabella, mocha, forest floor, and wild game are abundant in its highly perfumed bouquet. In the mouth, these elements are nicely incorporated with silky, very fine tannins. This Gem is lush, broad, viscous, deep, and layered, with superb focus and complexity, and with a long, warm, unrelenting finish. Although drinking incredibly well now (with decanting and an hour or so of airing), there is enough stuffing, structure, and backbone to allow it to age another seven to twelve-plus years. Needless to say, Rusty forced me into buying nearly a case of it and told me that this beauty will be one of our house reds in five to seven years. 13.5% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2025

Staff Image By: Jason Marwedel | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/20/2013 | Send Email
A tremendous reserva from a tremendous vintage. The level of poise and polish is one of the finest I have seen from the 2001 vintage. This is serious wine, for the serious Rioja collector!

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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.