2009 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja

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This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946. It is elegant, generous and a precociously delicious treat for now, or over the next 15 years. 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). (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

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Staff Image By: Ivan Diaz | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/15/2018 | Send Email
The Gran Reserva from Miguel Merino is in a class of its own on the spectrum of wines from Miguel Merino. Supremely well-integrated earthiness that never detracts from the vivid fruit profile, this vintage is showing red and black currants, cocoa, loam, crunchy autumn leaves, roasted herbs, and a soft, creamy texture. The finish is a touch short today, but with a few extra years in the bottle, or even a few extra hours in the decanter, this will develop beautifully. Rioja enthusiasts ought not to miss.

Staff Image By: Joe Bruno | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
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Quite a pretty nose; highlights include prunes, blue fruit, dried currants, and leather. On the palate, prune flavors appear again along with dried dark cherries, dried blueberries, and cocoa dusted chocolate truffles. A classic Gran Reserva, though on the younger side currently. An ideal candidate to add to the wine cellar. This wine can be enjoyed as a food pairing option with roast chicken or pork tenderloin. Decant for at least 30 minutes before serving

Staff Image By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
Merino's two oldest vineyards of Tempranillo and Graciano are included in this Gran Reserva - in my mind the most age-worthy of Miguel's stable. Initially somewhat reticent, the spicy oak and dark fruit confit - with rich, dried fruit aromas also present - give way to a palate that opens nicely with air. Plum and blue skinned fruit flavors continue to gain in freshness in this young Gran Reserva. You can enjoy now with a nice decant, though for my money this is as solid a 10+ year cellar candidate Rioja as you will find, particularly for fans of fruit and more richly styled wines from this region.

Staff Image By: Shaun Green | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2018 | Send Email
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Miguel Merino's Grand Reserva 2009 offers the best of classic Rioja and modern. Absolutely lovely rich fruit still showing plenty of youth with a warm creamy cocoa underlay. The tannins are smooth and long, luring you into drinking right away but some time in the cellar will truly reward you. Produced from his 2 oldest vineyard sources, the quality of the original fruit is very apparent and 2009 blessed us with a wonderful vintage.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2030

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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