2008 Remelluri Rioja

SKU #1106759

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.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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.
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Spain

- 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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5