2011 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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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2018 | Send Email
Coming from the Village of Briones, one of the best locations in Rioja Alta, this special bottling from Miguel Merino is sure to impress. The Gran Reserva is uniquely made from the best old vineyards, whose chalky soils and gnarly vines lead to great depth and complexity in the wines. Dark fruited with lots of structure and definitely some grip, this wine has a long life ahead of it. Impressive given the warmth of the vintage. This is another impressive bottling from one of my favorite Rioja producers.

By: Keith Mabry | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2018 | Send Email
Having tasted all the new arrivals of Miguel's wines over the last couple of weeks, I was eagerly anticipating the opening of the Gran Reserva. We just got to it and it did not disappoint, though Miguel's wines have never left me wanting. The Gran Reserva is flush with fresh red fruit (not always easy to say for a Gran Reserva), with a spice laden nose and full-bodied palate. It is reminiscent of the Gran Reservas of Muga and having just drank an 04 Prado, this felt like it would follow a similar track. For me, Miguel's wines are always wonderful and I'm always happy to discover a bottle or two in my cellar.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
For fans of rich and spicy Rioja, it does not get any better than Gran Reserva level wines, which in this case gets an added boost from a sun filled, warm vintage in 2011. I have found the best wines from 2011 to be delicious and precocious, having come close to reaching what Miguel calls "cruise altitude" at this relatively early stage. That said, this will age nicely in the mi-term as well. Some of my most memorable bottles of Miguel Merino wines have invariably been his richly styled, delicious Gran reserva bottlings.

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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