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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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Tasting note

color

Deep, Opaque and Dark

ending

Medium, Extensive, Lingering and Harsh

flavors

Blackcurrant, Licorice and Smoky

nose

Youthful, Opulent, Ripe and Generous

taste

Average in Acidity, Medium tannin, Balanced, Developing, Round, Focused, Elegant, Dry and Drying tannins

Verdict

Well-rounded and Average

Written Notes

Deep browing colour. Soft healthy nose with dark berry notes. Spicy, vegemite, vanilla and farmyardy notes. Full, round, sweet luscious fruit. A bit mousey finish.
  • 88p
Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is opaque, and looking dark and deep. On the nose it is open, youthful, ripe and generous. The taste is focused, vivid, refined, and dry, with medium tannin ., with drying tannins, and average in acidity, with balanced structure and developing. On the palate it is layered and has blackcurrant, smoky and licorice flavours. The finish is long and a bit too harsh .. This wine is wine for food. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 1-5 years and decant at least 15min before tasting.
  • 89p

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Origin

Elciego, Rioja

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