2016 Rioja Reserva Miguel Merino

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2016 Rioja Reserva Miguel Merino

One of the smallest and most prestigious wineries in Spain.

Only 7,380 bottles produced

Tasting Notes 

Sourced from vineyards over 50 years old, fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 19 months in American oak. 

Nose

The nose has a great intensity of deep blackcurrant fruits with notes of vanilla and leather

Palate

Complex, well-structured and persistent on the palate with smooth tannins

2016 Rioja Reserva Miguel Merino

Producer

Miguel Merino deservedly gained a reputation as one of Rioja's rising stars, since establishing his boutique winery in the mid 1990's.

Miguel Merino created his own winery in a restored farmhouse where he built a small vinification plant and barrel-ageing cellar. He started to buy grapes grown on small plots near Briones to produce well-made, modern wines and now his son Miguel Jr, now holding the reigns, owns and runs one of the smallest, youngest and most prestigious wineries in Spain.

Accolades

  • Received 92 points at Decanter’s Affordable Excellence Red Rioja Tasting Panel, November 2022
  • 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

    Outer quote mark The 2016 Reserva feels like a textbook classical reserva, not easy to find in a small producer. It's elegant and has high potential for aging. It has ripeness with freshness, power and elegance achieved through a soft vinification, but it's still powerful and has abundant, grainy tannins. They selected vineyards from the 1950s and 1960s with a warmer exposition, mostly Tempranillo with some 5% to 10% Graciano that gives depth and tension. They use fine American oak barrels that give it the style but without excess, looking for elegance. 7,380 bottles were filled (LG) Inner quote mark (7/2022)

          Specifications

          Year 2016
          Bottle Size 750ml
          Cultivar Tempranillo (96%) and a little Graciano (4%) 
          Country Spain

          Alcohol content

          14% alc vol 
          Units of alcohol per bottle 10.5 units
          Type Red Wine
          Allergy Information Contains sulphites
          Cellaring potential

          Drinking now until 2030

          Appellation D.O.Ca Rioja