2006 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja (1.5L) SKU #1231297

$79.99

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Tasting Notes

*A K&L direct import! We like to call Miguel Merino "the hardest working man in Rioja." Having begun his humble "retirement project" in the early 1990s by restoring an older bodega just down the hill from the historic town of Briones, Miguel either owns or rents to own a total of around 8 hectares of vines, all of which are located in Briones; not only is this village-specific Rioja, but it happens to come from one of the most sought-after villages in all of Rioja Alta, where many top bodegas have some of their most prized, older vineyards... He is going for a modern classic style of wine, structured but both ageworthy and drinkable upon release. Some quick vine growing/winemaking notes: Organic (non-certified) vineyards, native yeast fermented, regular barrel topping, no fining and a very gentle filtration. Do not be shy about popping this open now, though it will certainly continue to improve... (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    12/1/2015
    K&L Staff Member
    A longtime participant in the wine business, having sold wine for wine distributors in the States as well as working as an export manager, Miguel has found success along every step of the way, and then decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making wine. Based in the Rioja Alta town of Briones, Miguel Merino makes, as he likes to put it, an "updated classic" style of Rioja, all from his own 2 hectares of vines and several hectares of vineyards owned by a close friend. All the fruit is from sloped vineyards (Miguel is a fan of his slopes) within the cooler climate Rioja Alta town of Briones, which makes these wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946.

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