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.
This year is largely and sadly dominated by obituary notices. The 21st of April: death of the American writer Mark Twain, inventor of the young hero Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The 6th of May, Eduard VII, King of England, died. The 27th of May, the German doctor and bacteriologist, Robert Koch, who discovered the bacillus of the tuberculosis and laureate of the Nobel Prize of medicine in 1905, disappeared. The 30th of October: death of Henri Dunant, first laureate of the Peace Nobel prize in 1901 and founder of the Red Cross. The 20th of November, the famous Russian writer, Leon Tolstoi, author of “War and Peace” died.
Medium Quality. Strong frost in April. Very rainy August. Irregular maturation.