2010 Miguel Merino "Unnum" Rioja

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95 points Tim Atkins: "Miguel Merino’s top wine is a varietal Tempranillo from his oldest vineyard, planted in 1931 on chalk and sandy soils. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with good grip and freshness, nuanced oak and a long, well balanced finish. Good now, but will age well. 2015-25." 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). Unnum is Miguel's son's stylistic take on their old vine holdings. It is aged in only French oak, 40% of which is new. A big wine that pushes the Merino style to its maximum, but still allows Briones' terruño to shine through. Original and ageworthy, this is a welcome new addition to our Merino portfolio! (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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By: Heather Vander Wall | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/24/2016 | Send Email
This is a very unique bottling of Rioja, from one of our favorite producers! With intense, dark fruit sourced from the oldest vines on the property, this wine is quite serious and concentrated. The Merinos use all French oak on this big, full-bodied wine, resulting in a quite structured, yet rich expression, with great aging potential. For lovers of old-school Napa wines, or slightly richer Bordeaux, this is a natural cross-over. Try one today, and lay a few down for the future!

By: Scott Beckerley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/26/2016 | Send Email
Dark red fruits, menthol and fresh oak on the nose. Nice and grippy on the palate with deep, dark, red boysenberry fruit. This wine beautifully shows off its lush fruit with traditional elements of tannins and earthiness, which peek out nicely from the background.

By: Dulcinea Gonzalez | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
Here we have yet another super delicious wine from the Miguel Merino portfolio. Don't miss out on this one, as the 2010 "Unnum" is drinking really beautifully right now. Flexing it's awesome 2010 succulent fruit, the wine is fragrant, pure and soft on the palate, yet showing plenty of structure. This is a well-built, handsome wine and ready to open at your next dinner party. Super recommended.

By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/25/2016 | Send Email
I love it when a great bottle of wine breaks my prejudices. I would be quick to say that I don't like French oak in Rioja... But that was before tasting Unnum! This is suave, effortless, rich red wine with a ton of style. Miguel Merino is a modern producer that makes wine of grace and his 2010's are his best yet. I love the ripe blackberries and vanilla cake on the very generous nose. The texture is the best thing about this wine- it is very rich, but not ponderous or heavy. It tastes great now, but if you can keep your hands off of it I think it will get even better!
Drink from 2016 to 2030

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 5/24/2016 | Send Email
What a beautiful expression from our friend Miguel Merino! Unnum's pure fruit shows the intensity, fruit purity and elegant tannin structure of old vine material. The two tiny vineyards used for this cuvee were planted in 1931 and 1940. Aromas of blue fruits and candied licorice lead to a fresh, balanced palate, with fresh flavors of blueberries and ripe currants. This wine is delicious now, but built to age.

By: Randy Hagerman | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/8/2016 | Send Email
This is a generously fruited offering from Miguel Meriño. There is a sweetness to the dark cherry and plum notes, yet the wine has classic Rioja acidity. This full-bodied Rioja is plenty bold, yet very drinkable. Those of you looking for a clean, more elegant Rioja offering, look no further.

By: Diana Turk | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/4/2016 | Send Email
Dark cherry fruit with velvety texture and a touch of oak, Unnum is a plush, impressively layered release from what’s turning out to be a stellar vintage. Miguel Merino is always on the more fruit-driven modern side of Rioja style, and I wouldn’t be surprised if Parker devotees love this delicious wine, but there’s a balance here that doesn’t alienate fans of cooler climate Tempranillo… a thoroughly enjoyable offering from a classic producer.

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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.
Country:

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 (%): 14.5