2011 Miguel Merino Gran Reserva Rioja SKU #1379584

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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

  • Stefanie Juelsgaard
    By: Stefanie Juelsgaard
    K&L Staff Member
    Coming from the Village of Briones, one of the best locations in Rioja Alta, this special bottling from Miguel Merino is sure to impress. The Gran Reserva is uniquely made from the best old vineyards, whose chalky soils and gnarly vines lead to great depth and complexity in the wines. Dark fruited with lots of structure and definitely some grip, this wine has a long life ahead of it. Impressive given the warmth of the vintage. This is another impressive bottling from one of my favorite Rioja producers.
  • Keith Mabry
    By: Keith Mabry
    K&L Staff Member
    Having tasted all the new arrivals of Miguel's wines over the last couple of weeks, I was eagerly anticipating the opening of the Gran Reserva. We just got to it and it did not disappoint, though Miguel's wines have never left me wanting. The Gran Reserva is flush with fresh red fruit (not always easy to say for a Gran Reserva), with a spice laden nose and full-bodied palate. It is reminiscent of the Gran Reservas of Muga and having just drank an 04 Prado, this felt like it would follow a similar track. For me, Miguel's wines are always wonderful and I'm always happy to discover a bottle or two in my cellar.
  • Joe Manekin
    By: Joe Manekin
    K&L Staff Member
    For fans of rich and spicy Rioja, it does not get any better than Gran Reserva level wines, which in this case gets an added boost from a sun filled, warm vintage in 2011. I have found the best wines from 2011 to be delicious and precocious, having come close to reaching what Miguel calls "cruise altitude" at this relatively early stage. That said, this will age nicely in the mi-term as well. Some of my most memorable bottles of Miguel Merino wines have invariably been his richly styled, delicious Gran reserva bottlings.


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