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  • Decanting time

    1h
  • When to drink

    now-2020

The Story

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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Vintage 1944

Vegetative cycle of 220 days. Irregularity during the summer with a warm August and a fresh July and September Lacking rain but well distributed all along the cycle. Absence of frost in spring. Winds dominating from the East during the vegetative cycle which change to West during the harvest.

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Dark garnet red colour. Compact nose with aroma reminiscent of roasted chestnuts, toasted bread, berry jam and hints of gingerbread spices. On the palate well balanced and structured with still firm tannins, good length.
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Origin

Elciego, Rioja

Vintage Quality

Above Average

Value For Money

Good

Investment potential

No Potential

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 Markus Del Monego MW / Best Sommelier in the World 1998, MW (Germany)  tasted  Marques de Riscal Reserva 1944  ( Marqués de Riscal )

"Dark garnet red colour. Compact nose with aroma reminiscent of roasted chestnuts, toasted bread, berry jam and hints of gingerbread spices. On the palate well balanced and structured with still firm tannins, good length. "

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