2009 Remelluri Reserva Rioja (Previously $35)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Remelluri Reserva aims at showing the character of Remelluri, as this is the first modern vintage that does not have grapes purchased from external suppliers. These grapes are now in the Lindes range of wines, but in the past they were blended with the estate grapes. The cool Remelluri vineyards behave very well in warmer years. This 2009 is very clean with predominant aromas of earthy red fruit intermixed with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, a satin texture with round, fine-grained tannins and quite classical and very well-proportioned style. This is a great vintage for Remelluri Reserva. (LG)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Deep ruby. Sexy, floral- and mineral-accented red fruit aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air. Lithe and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and power in the glass. Very young but promising, with excellent finishing clarity and sweet, gently tannic persistence. Shows an impressively graceful character for the vintage. (JR)
Sappy and lively and well-intentioned Rioja. Real character.
According to Wine Advocate: "The Remelluri name should be well-known...The big news here was the return of Telmo Rodriguez, who left the family winery to start his own projects throughout Spain, but returned in February 2010. Many changes have been made, and more will come...he's clearly separating the wines produced with the estate grapes and those produced with grapes purchased from external suppliers, for which he has created the line Lindes de Remelluri (Remelluri borders). He's also implementing biodynamic practices in the vineyards." (LG, 12/2013)