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Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from tempranillo vines planted before de 70’s, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. 

Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.

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Made from 100 percent Tempranillo, the 1964 is a portmanteau of the softness and aged elegance of the 1900 and the vivid power of the 1945. Not as deeply coloured as the 1945, nor as fresh and lively – the finish is very leathery. Less forbidding tannins, though still with some grip at the end. The wine was paired with a robust lamb dish and coped well. A second bottle was tasted alongside this example. It was not as fresh, especially on the finish, and overall more chunky and burly, which shows what a lottery old bottles often are. 92
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Elciego, Rioja

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 Stuart George, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  Marqués de Riscal Gran Reserva 1964  ( Marqués de Riscal )

"Made from 100 percent Tempranillo, the 1964 is a portmanteau of the softness and aged elegance of the 1900 and the vivid power of the 1945.

Not as deeply coloured as the 1945, nor as fresh and lively – the finish is very leathery. Less forbidding tannins, though still with some grip at the end. The wine was paired with a robust lamb dish and coped well. A second bottle was tasted alongside this example. It was not as fresh, especially on the finish, and overall more chunky and burly, which shows what a lottery old bottles often are. 92"

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