Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri 'Remelluri' Gran Reserva
Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri 'Remelluri' Gran Reserva

Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri 'Remelluri' Gran Reserva

Rioja, Spain 2014 (750mL)
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Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri 'Remelluri' Gran Reserva

Sourced from heritage growers in La Rioja Alta, this is a stylish, ‘modern’ Rioja (which isn’t to say it’s all about oak). It offers a focused snapshot of the Rioja ‘terruño.’


Remelluri is in Rioja Alta, arguably the most important sub-region in the Rioja DO. The vineyards of Remelluri are scattered across the Sierra de Toloño mountains, in a pocket of land that sees its fair share of rainfall. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean allows lower temperatures than neighboring regions, and hot days are balanced by cool nights to keep grapes from becoming overripe. Rioja Alta, as its name suggests, boasts the highest-altitude vineyards in Rioja, resulting in freshness, acidity and lower alcohol levels. Tempranillo is the major player, but Garnacha Tinto, Graciano and Viura thrive here as well. 


The Remelluri family has been producing wines since 1967, and since the beginning has been devoted to recovering and restoring old vineyards on the estate. Started by Telmo’s father as more of a hobby, the wines of Remelluri have evolved into some of the most esteemed examples of Rioja on the market. Lindes de Remelluri is a fairly recent project of Telmo’s, showcasing grapes grown by local farmers (under Telmo’s supervision) in the neighboring towns of Labastida and San Vicente. The idea is to make wines that highlight the nuances of each village, a methodology we find in regions like Burgundy, and a respect for terruño Telmo would like to see more of in Rioja. The “San Vicente” bottling is sourced from vineyards from eight growers in and around San Vicente—a marginally hotter, drier climate than both Labastida and Remelluri and known for darker, more concentrated wines from clay and limestone soils. Altitudes here are not insignificant (about 500 meters), and vines are farmed organically, with an average age of about 40 years.


This bottling is already drinking very well, especially after a 30-60 minute decant. Poured into large Burgundy stems, it displays a bright and clear crimson robe, with a classic nose of red plums and berries, coffee, tobacco leaf, and olive.  On the palate, the wine is bursting with rich, round, mouthfilling red fruits, chocolatey oak, and silky, ripe tannins. Firm acidity balances the open, fine-grained texture, hinting at licorice, graphite, and leather, all leading to a long, elegant finish. It’s harmonious and delicious, and will be stunning for years to come.

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Spain

Eastern Spain

Montsant

The Montsant DO is Priorat’s downslope neighbor in northeastern
Spain, but other than differences in altitude, there isn’t much else to tell their terroirs apart. Both appellations contain some of the world’s greatest old-vine Garnacha (Grenache) in soils of fractured granite and shale known locally as llicorella. It is a Mediterranean climate, with wide diurnal temperature swings.

Eastern Spain

Penedès

Technically, a wine labeled ‘Cava’ can be produced in several different regions, but Penedès, on Spain’s northern Mediterranean coast, is its
spiritual home. The climate is Mediterranean, the soils a favorable mix of limestone (key in pre-serving acids), sand, and clay, and Cava sparklers are crafted in the traditional ‘Champagne’ method. The traditional grapes used for Cava are Xarel-lo (cha-RAY-yo), Macabeu, and Parellada.

Northwestern Spain

Galicia

Galicia is lusher, colder, wetter, and greener than most of the rest of Spain, especially where wine-growing
is concerned. Viticulture up here is some of the most “heroic” in the world, as vineyards cling to impossibly steep slopes along snaking rivers such as the Miño and
the Sil. The influence of the Atlantic Ocean is profound, often lending wines a salty, “sea spray” character.

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