One of the oldest Rioja wineries, dating to 1858, Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are made from grapes from old Tempranillo vines, 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. Small amounts of the Graciano and Mazuelo varieties provide crispness and a lively color.
Riscal Reserva spends 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.
Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak. This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts. (from the vintner)
CountrySpainRegion/StateRiojaVarietalTempranillo/Tinta Roriz/Ull de LlebreVintage2012Alcohol14%GrapeTempranillo 90%, Graciano 7%, Mazuelo 3%