2007 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja

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94 points Tim Atkin: "Combining fruit from two vineyards planted in the 1960s, this is a Tempranillo-based blend with a splash of Graciano and Mazuelo for extra acidity. Deeply coloured, with savoury black fruits, some dried herbs, attractive oak and a chalky, mineral flourish." (June 2015) A longtime participant in the wine business, Miguel sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as worked as an export manager. Miguel found success every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own two 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 these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). Produced from vines planted in the 1960s, this is a perfect example of Miguel's "updated classic" description: garnet yet translucent color, deep, savory, meaty dark fruit and black cherry aromas and a very juicy palate of blackberry and black cherry fruit. Rich, and yet perfectly balanced. Drink now and for another decade plus.

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Staff Image By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/29/2016 | Send Email
A modern Rioja classic! Rish, ripe dark red fruits with leather spice and just a hint of earth on the nose. Medium-full bodied on the palate with youthful fruit and ripe tannins caressed with just the right amount of oak. This wine is built to thrill.

Staff Image By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2016 | Send Email
I tried this beauty on the 24th of May and it was simply wonderful. A beautiful deep nose of dark, ripe fruits with notes of cola and cedar. There is a hint of tannin on the palate but, not too much and it is nicely integrated. A lingering, delicious finish of blackberry and black cherries.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Dark fruited and herbaceous, I always count on Miguel Merino to deliver high quality vintage Rioja without any pretension or an over-elevated price point. This wine shows classic Rioja notes of vanilla, coconut, black plum and tobacco leaf. Year after year, this is a spectacular bottle of wine.

Staff Image By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
​This is a great value reserva that is ​aging quite gracefully​ and super easy drinking. The wine offers​ a ripe​ mid-palate with notes of black cherry cola and spice​. The oak​ presence is​ nicely integrated showing a pleasant layers of ​cedar, ​earth​, and dark fruit. This would make a perfect pairing with Moroccan meatballs or your favorite saffron dish.

Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
This top notch bottle has all of the polish and richness of modern Spanish wine, but with depth, intrigue and savor that is inimitably Rioja. If you want the texture and full bodied fat of the new world, balanced by the lift and earth of the old world, this Miguel Merino has it all. Get the grill fired up and put the lamb chops on... It is Rioja time!
Drink from 2016 to 2022

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/1/2015 | Send Email
A big, hefty Reserva, this 2007! Cherry confit flavors combine with sweet oak and baking spices, over a juicy, supple, well-balanced frame. While you could wait a bit for the oak to further integrate, I suspect that many folks will find a lot to like in this year's Reserva. It's a great example of Merino's style, and why he has won over so many California wine drinkers with his tasty wines - packed to the brim with spice and fruit and yet still representing Rioja quite well.

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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.


Alcohol Content (%): 14