MARQUES DE RISCAL RESERVA RIOJA 2017

MARQUES DE RISCAL RESERVA RIOJA 2017

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TASTING NOTES 

Grape: 96% Tempranillo, 4% Graciano
Vineyard: Marqués de Riscal (Organic)
Origin: Rioja, Spain
ABV%: 14.2%
Colour: Ruby red
Aromas:

Intense black-cherry colour with good depth of colour and hardly any signs of evolution. Very expressive aromas on the nose with notes of liquorice, cinnamon and black pepper, with just a subtle hint of the long cask-ageing, thanks to its great complexity and ripe, concentrated fruit​.

Flavours:

Fresh and easy to drink on the palate, good backbone and lovely, polished tannins. The long, persistent finish leaves gentle balsamic reminders of the finest quality.

 

Winemaking Highlights

Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are made mainly from grapes from tempranillo vines planted before the 1970s, 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 variety, 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.

2017 Vintage

Very little rainfall in the autumn and winter. Exceptionally warm temperatures during the months of February and March. Budbreak was on April 9. On April 28 there was a heavy frost which caused considerable damage due to the ice.

Harvesting began extensively on September 14 and took place in dry weather. Yields from the 2017 harvest were very low due to the aforementioned frost. In Elciego, the quality of this vintage can be considered “Excellent”, with high colour parameters and balanced acidity.

 

Food Pairing

This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.

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