2011 Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja

SKU #1326216

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: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2018 | Send Email
Though still a bit young, the new vintage of the more classically-styled Reserva bottling is already showing a breadth of inviting flavors. Juicy black cherries and currants, baking spices (clove, anise), vanilla, and tree bark give this bottling dimension, while fresh acidity drives the long, lingering finish.

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/31/2018 | Send Email
In 1994, Miguel Merino made his inaugural Rioja wine, a Reserva. To this day, the Reserva is the most important, and at a modest 7,000 total bottles, his largest production wine. I love this 2011: it is every bit as richly fruited, sweetly spicy and delicious as usual, and I find the oak at this early stage to be nicely integrated into the wine. Tasting this, I am reminded of what drew Miguel to the beautiful village and vineyards of Briones (it wasn't merely the pretty scenery!) Black cherry, blackberry confit, dried orange peel, and underlying baking spices combine in this delicious Rioja. While this will age gracefully, there is no reason to wait as it is showing beautifully now. A perennially under the radar gem of a wine that we are happy to have on hand for those who know their Rioja.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
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My personal favorite Miguel Merino wine I’ve had the pleasure of tasting thus far. A blend of 96% Tempranillo and 4% Graciano, this wine is layered with notes of dark cherry compote, fresh berries, baked plum, bourbon vanilla, and bread pudding. On the palate, crunchy dark fruit flavors are accented with spice notes and vanilla once more. Slight hint of blood orange additionally. What makes this wine truly stand out from others is its silky tannins and structural balance. Drinking well now, but will age gracefully for another 10 years. Pair with Iberian ham or Manchego cheese

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
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The 2011 Reserva is forward and vibrant while also offering dark rich black cherry fruit with spice box and beautifully integrated oak in a lovely modern and enticing style. There is a lot of brightness here, but a great backbone to hold this wine up for ageing also.
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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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14