1999 Remelluri Gran Reserva Rioja

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96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The monumental 1999 Remelluri La Granja Gran Reserva is a testament to what can be achieved in Rioja. Made up of a blend of 86% Tempranillo, 12% Garnacha, and 2% Graciano, it was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 27 months in French and American oak. Beautifully expressive aromatically, it gives up exotic spices, lavender, incense, a hint of balsamic, black cherry, and blackberry. In the glass it deftly combines elegance and power while concealing enough structure to endure for at least another 10-15 years. At the asking price, it is a steal in world class wine." (06/11) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International. Remelluri is a winery based in Labastida, whose 100 hectare estate also encompasses part of San Vicente. The vineyards, south facing, are in a protected portion of land which back up against the Sierra de Toloño mountains in the valleys of Valderemelluri, La Granja and Villaescusa. Organically farmed vines are situated on calcareous clay land that climbs as high as 550 meters, on some of the very best real estate in all Rioja. Peach, almond, fig and olive trees are interspersed amongst the vineyards, adding to the diversity while aiding in pollination. The '99 gran reserva is drinking well now, though it is still on the young side, and will age gracefully for many years; indeed, gran reservas from this property are known to age extraordinarily well.

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By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 6/15/2011 | Send Email
For a Gran Reserva, this wine retains excellent fruit flavors. Showing some signs of age - this wine is all about integration. The tannins are fine but velvety. The fruit is slowly developing into that mature state but is ever pesent. There are subtle nuances of spice and incense. So attractive to drink now but a few more years wouldn't hurt. If you aren't familiar with this property, you should get to know them.

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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.