A longtime participant in the wine business, Miguel Merino decided that rather than retire, he wanted to fulfill his dream of owning vines and making his own 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 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 is a truly unique wine, a single east-west oriented vineyard Carignane (Mazuelo in Spanish) from a cool, Atlantic-influenced climate Bright, slightly peppery, nervy and red fruited, this is quite an original single vineyard wine, and if you want to see what Mazuelo can do on its own, you definitely should check it out. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)
By: Steve Bearden
K&L Staff Member
This 100% Carignane bottling has brambly aromas and a rustic edge to the fruity middle. Wonderful balancing acidity keeps this hearty and earthy, food-friendly wine fresh enough to sip on its own--but seriously, bring on the grilled meats.
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