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Miguel Merino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2004

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20 years ago Miguel Merino restored a 19th century house on the outskirts of Briones a small town in the heart of Rioja Alta. Here Miguel Merino owns one of Spain's smallest yet most prestigious vineyards. A beautiful wine that has a deep ruby purple hue, the nose displays notes of dried berries and cherries with cigar box characteristics. The palate is bold with beautiful notes of vanilla, black cherries and subtle notes of oak and tobacco.

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Miguel Merino:
All the grapes come from very old vines planted in bush formation between 1931 and 1963 in Briones. The vineyards are located in slopes facing South and South-west with low-yielding clay and calcareous soils, at an altitude of 550 metres. Almost all of them are Tempranillo, one of the grape varieties that best reflects the particular conditions of each parcel. We also work with a small vineya... Read more
All the grapes come from very old vines planted in bush formation between 1931 and 1963 in Briones. The vineyards are located in slopes facing South and South-west with low-yielding clay and calcareous soils, at an altitude of 550 metres. Almost all of them are Tempranillo, one of the grape varieties that best reflects the particular conditions of each parcel. We also work with a small vineyard planted with Graciano, a very hard-to-grow grape variety which is a great companion to Tempranillo for its tannins and vivacity. The picking is made by hand, using small boxes that will take the bunches to the vinification room without any damage to the fruit. Every single bunch of grapes is placed on the sorting table, where we inspect them all for quality and reject any which are not in a perfect state of ripeness or health. Read less

20 years ago Miguel Merino restored a 19th century house on the outskirts of Briones a small town in the heart of Rioja Alta. Here Miguel Merino owns one of Spain's smallest yet most prestigious vineyards. A beautiful wine that has a deep ruby purple hue, the nose displays notes of dried berries and cherries with cigar box characteristics. The palate is bold with beautiful notes of vanilla, black cherries and subtle notes of oak and tobacco.

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