2009 Remelluri Gran Reserva Rioja
This is very fine with glorious fruit and density. Full and refined tannins. Lots of spices, dried meat and dark fruits. Long and intense. About 24 months in oak, mostly 500 liter casks and not all new. Exciting. Drink or hold.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
It is a ripe and well-oaked red, with plenty of spice and a medium to full-bodied palate and, while approachable, it should improve in bottle. I'd wait at least one year before pulling the cork, at which time the oak will probably be better integrated. This vintage was not fully produced by Telmo, so it's kind of a transition wine where you still find a bit too much new oak. (LG)
Located in the town of Labastida, in some of the highest elevation vineyard sites in all Rioja, Remelluri organically farms their vines, incorporating some biodynamic principles and treatments, and is amongst the finest estates in Rioja. They are one of the few Rioja bodegas to boast ageing pedigree (these wines age beautifully for many years, both reserva and gran reserva bottlings), as well as a clear intent to painstakingly, organically farm their prized vineyard holdings. Furthermore, owner Telmo Rodriguez has a creative spirit in the cellar, where there are always experimentations with different size barrels and foudres as applied to particular parcels and grape varieties. For now, rather similar to the 2005 when it was first released, the 2009 Gran Reserva is rich and spicy, with concentrated dark fruit and cassis aromas that lead to a chewy palate of sweet dark fruits, baking spices and minerality. More Garnacha finds its way into this wine than the Reserva. This vintage was aged for 27 months in primarily French oak followed by a long ageing in bottle. It is tasty though in a rich, bold, youthful way, and will undoubtedly improve for many years to come.