2015 Miguel Merino "La Loma" Rioja (Previously $50)

SKU #1379586 92 points James Suckling

 The full mocha and leather character smothers anything else there might be in this bold Rioja. Serious tannins and just enough fruit to balance them. A powerful, but slightly austere finish. Drink or hold.  (8/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is a new red, the floral, perfumed and fruit-driven 2015 La Loma, which will be released for the first time in 2018. This vineyard used to contribute to the Unnum blend, and it was bottled separately for the first time in 2015. It's a slope planted in 1946 in Briones, close to Ollauri, with Tempranillo, Garnacha and Garnacha Blanca. It's serious and elegant with fine tannins. It matured 50/50 in new and second-use French barriques for ten months. One of the best wines I've tasted from this address. Drink through 2025. (LG)  (2/2018)

K&L Notes

Miguel Merino is our first direct import wine from Spain, and in our minds one of the great Rioja wineries. A single vineyard bottling from one of their two oldest sites in Briones, planted in 1946, this cuvee takes the place of the wine formerly known as "Unnum." It's a terrific re-introduction, with delicious, bright fruit flavors, extraordinary intensity, and wonderful balance. Highly recommended.


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By: Stefanie Juelsgaard | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 12/6/2018 | Send Email
It's really fun to be able to see the Miguel Merino transition generations, while both father and son are still producing wines. In this first solo attempt by Junior, we get to see a leaner, lighter style, showcasing more natural acidity, cooler ferments, and larger format barrel use. Still from the same great old vines they use in their high end wines, the "La Loma" is still quintessential Merino and a great addition to their line of beautiful wines.

By: Joe Manekin | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 11/1/2018 | Send Email
As Miguel Merino continues his quest to produce some of the finest single village Riojas around, he has entrusted his son (also Miguel) with the winemaking for their first single vineyard bottling, La Loma. First planted in 1946, La Loma is a vineyard that yields spectacular quality fruit, on full display in this beautiful wine. There is a layered, focused intensity of flavor in this wine, without some of the more typical spicy notes of oak which frame the rest of the Miguel Merino range, and with an added tension from higher acidity. Delicious now, but capable of longer term ageing, this is a tremendous first effort in producing what is likely to become their most highly coveted bottling. A delicious expression and a current take on the great wines of Rioja.

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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