2009 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja SKU #1326217


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Tasting Notes

This Gran Reserva is from some of their oldest Tempranillo and Graciano vines, planted in 1931 and 1946. It is elegant, generous and a precociously delicious treat for now, or over the next 15 years. 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 his wine a terrific showcase of the terroir (especially in a region where wines blended from various villages are more often the norm). (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish wine buyer)

Staff Reviews

  • Ivan Diaz
    By: Ivan Diaz
    K&L Staff Member
    The Gran Reserva from Miguel Merino is in a class of its own on the spectrum of wines from Miguel Merino. Supremely well-integrated earthiness that never detracts from the vivid fruit profile, this vintage is showing red and black currants, cocoa, loam, crunchy autumn leaves, roasted herbs, and a soft, creamy texture. The finish is a touch short today, but with a few extra years in the bottle, or even a few extra hours in the decanter, this will develop beautifully. Rioja enthusiasts ought not to miss.
  • Joe Bruno
    By: Joe Bruno
    K&L Staff Member
    Quite a pretty nose; highlights include prunes, blue fruit, dried currants, and leather. On the palate, prune flavors appear again along with dried dark cherries, dried blueberries, and cocoa dusted chocolate truffles. A classic Gran Reserva, though on the younger side currently. An ideal candidate to add to the wine cellar. This wine can be enjoyed as a food pairing option with roast chicken or pork tenderloin. Decant for at least 30 minutes before serving
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    Merino's two oldest vineyards of Tempranillo and Graciano are included in this Gran Reserva - in my mind the most age-worthy of Miguel's stable. Initially somewhat reticent, the spicy oak and dark fruit confit - with rich, dried fruit aromas also present - give way to a palate that opens nicely with air. Plum and blue skinned fruit flavors continue to gain in freshness in this young Gran Reserva. You can enjoy now with a nice decant, though for my money this is as solid a 10+ year cellar candidate Rioja as you will find, particularly for fans of fruit and more richly styled wines from this region.
  • Shaun Green
    By: Shaun Green
    K&L Staff Member
    Miguel Merino's Grand Reserva 2009 offers the best of classic Rioja and modern. Absolutely lovely rich fruit still showing plenty of youth with a warm creamy cocoa underlay. The tannins are smooth and long, luring you into drinking right away but some time in the cellar will truly reward you. Produced from his 2 oldest vineyard sources, the quality of the original fruit is very apparent and 2009 blessed us with a wonderful vintage.
    Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2030


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