1989 Remelluri Reserva Rioja (Pre-Arrival)
What an amazing wine! Sourced from a perfectly sited, cool cellar in Basque country, this wine is showing amazingly youthfully. With its expressive fruit, roasted coffee bean aromas, and hints of roasted meat, the palate is very elegant. Initially it shows an elegant, meaty quality, with tasty fruit and a sense of balance that brings to mind excellent quality St.-Julien - this is a classic example of Rioja's occasional tendency towards a Bordelaise style. After some time in a decanter, this wine really comes into its own, showing marked chalky minerality, brighter fruit, and even tannins that begin to assert themselves somewhat. While this is beautiful now, there is no need to rush as this will clearly be drinking impeccably well for at least another decade. Remelluri, whose vineyards have been situated and cultivated for centuries up against the Toloņo mountains in the village of Labastida, is one of the first modern, single estate Rioja's (along with Contino and LAN's Viņa Lanciano). It is a jewel of an estate and has a track record of producing wines that age incredibly well. * Please note that this wine is a pre-arrival, due to arrive in November 2014.