Wine of the Month: Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 1999

The name of this vineyard is actually Granja Nuestra Señora de Remelluri (roughly ‘Farm of Our Lady of Remelluri’) which is quite a mouthful in any language. A historic vineyard in the Spanish region of Rioja, this is a superb wine that has much to live for. The regulations governing the release of a Gran Reserva is that the wine must have spent at least 2 years in barrel and another minimum of 3 in bottle – ie. the wine cannot be released before 5 years after vintage. All too often this results in a wine with still very prominent tannins and disappointingly dried out fruit, but not this one.

A blend of handpicked Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano, the 1999 spent 27 months in oak (90/10% French / American) after fermentation with native yeasts.

Remelluri has certainly fulfilled their obligation with this Gran Reserva being bottled in 2002 and residing a cool decade in the bottle. And it was certainly worth the wait!!

The fragrantly warm spicy black cherry, red fruit and savoury dried herb is joined by a harmony of tobacco and olive on the palate. Ever so silky on the senses with powdery tannnins, the wine is gracefully poised and balanced now. However, I can see this wine with another decade under its belt.

Date: 16th July 2012   Price:  $140+    Value:  $$$     Drink: Now – 10+ years

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