2006 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1178454

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 his 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. It is elegant, generous and a precociously delicious treat for now, or over the next 15 years. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
This is a terrific vintage of Merino Gran Reserva, full of brawny, purple and mixed berry fruit, punctuated by savory spice. It's drinking great now and will continue to age nicely over the course of the next decade.

By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2015 | Send Email
Sourced from some very old vines (the oldest date back to 1931), this is a Rioja with plenty of Old World, rustic flavor. But what makes this bottle special is the balance between these earthy tones and the abundant fruit, flowers, and spice. The silky texture is complemented by intrinsic acidity and sweet tannins, followed by a finish that reminds you this already has ten years of age on it. For a layered, complex wine that is highly versatile with food, I can't stress this one enough.

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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 (%): 14