Remelluri Reserva, Remelluri, Rioja, Spain 2009

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Remelluri Reserva, Remelluri, Rioja, Spain 2009

26.50

For the first time, this was made entirely from fruit grown on the Remelluri estate and boy does it show! What a grown-up Reserva this now is. It has the poise, grip and intricacy of a 'classed growth', in the sense that it achieves the paradoxes that make a great wine great. Tension as well as release, weight as well as lift, sophistication as well as hedonism. The flavours are just as one might expect from a Rioja Reserva aged in top quality French oak for 17 months (plums, spice, vanilla cream etc,) but it's the way it holds itself on the palate that sets it apart.  You can drink this now with enormous pleasure, but it has decades ahead of it.

The Wine Advocate: "The 2009 Remelluri Reserva aims at showing the character of Remelluri, as this is the first modern vintage that does not have grapes purchased from external suppliers. These grapes are now in the Lindes range of wines, but in the past they were blended with the estate grapes. The cool Remelluri vineyards behave very well in warmer years. This 2009 is very clean with predominant aromas of earthy red fruit intermixed with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, a satin texture with round, fine-grained tannins and quite classical and very well-proportioned style. This is a great vintage for Remelluri Reserva." 93 points

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