Miguel Merino

+34(0)941322263 Carretera de Logroño, 16
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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.

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  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Carignan

    History of the grape: The grape has been traced as far back as the 3rd century in the Aragon province in Spain. The A...

  • Graciano

    Though it is easily the most interesting and unique red grape in Rioja, its yields are low, it is prone to downy mild...

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  • Miguel Merino Reserva 2005


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  • Nice wines here...this was a lot of fun reading this over. Props to OT for ... ... ... bottle, which was a 2001 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva, actually from a special barrel aged an extra year specially made for his friends and colleagues labeled Edicion N. I couldn't resist opening it, so it was enjoyed with good company on Thanksgiving eve.Als... Read More

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  • UPDATED! The reveal has begun.Open your packageShare your gift with the ... - 2001 Miguel Merino Rioja Reserva and 2005 Infinito Malbec Foxall - 2010 Ogier Saint-Joseph Outthere - 2011 Holdredge Pinot Noir "Mazie Rose" vinOvinO - 2008 Domaine de la Terre Rouge L'Autre TBandCWFJourney - 2010 Cabot Pinot Noir Anderson Valley JenniferT -  2007 Mar... Read More

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  • With the holidays fast approaching, this is the time of the year when most of ... for the cellar. 93pts2005 Miguel Merino Reserva $40American oak, leather, barnyard and a little cured meat with a hint of pepper greet the nose. Vanilla, incipient tobacco notes, a little cinnamon and some balsamic accents frame this complex bouquet. Upon entry, ... Read More

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  • Miguel Merino Tempranillo Blend Rioja Reserva 2005


    American oak, leather, barnyard and a little cured meat with a hint of pepper greet the nose. Vanilla, incipient tobacco notes, a little cinnamon and some balsamic accents frame this complex bouquet. Upon entry, a gentle huckleberry tone is wrapped in soft tannins and a sweet, gentle disposition until the tannins build on the palate. In fact, th... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hi all,New to this forum and new to the joys of drinking good wine.Always loved drinking wine but don't know much about it, I've always drunk run of the mill labels but a friend  recently introduced me to a South African red 1685 Boschendal Shiraz, which i loved since then i have tried other Boschendal's Chardonnay & Cabernet Sauvignon, also a B... Read More

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  • Hi all,I'm a neophyte in the world of wine but, I've had an inkling to get involved.  Now I'm actually taking the time to taste and learn more about wine.  I really hope to learn much more from you all as well as contributing useful information to this forum in the future.  I've taken in some great info already here and I want to thank you all f... Read More

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  • Miguel Merino Reserva Rioja Alta 2001


    I loved the nose, with mushrooms, toasts, truffle... The mouth is enveloped by nice smooth tannins, fruits are still present with black ones dominant. Great finish. Great surprise, as it had a nose that I thought would make me tired after 2 glasses, and we emptied the bottle (2 people) too fast, would have love to have a Magnum... Read More

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  • Fantastic producer from small town Briones, next to Haro in Rioja Alta. Great work of Miguel on his Miguel Merino wines, as well as his son's on the Unnum's. Their Mazuelo (carignane) is one of the best I have ever tried, specially as being one of the few doing a single vineyard/parcel Mazuelo in Rioja and for the price range! I am a big fan!

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  • You've heard the inherited wisdom: "Drink only white wine with seafood." As ... Lopez de Heredia Cubillo1999 Miguel Merino Rioja Gran Reserva Light-bodied and full of sprightly fruit, Beaujolais is typically a very food-friendly selection, and a great way to entice white wine loyalists to cross to the dark(er) side. Give it a chill and serve i... Read More

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  • Hello everyone, I have a 1994 Monticello Gran Reserve Rioja that I am looking to crack open soon. And since it is one of the older wines if not the oldest I have had to date, I was curious as to what everyone would consider the optimal air time in the decanter would be. Thank you. btw, I couldn't find this wine in the search engine, but here ... Read More

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