A serious Rioja from an ancient estate and a highly in-demand winemaker. Remelluri is the family estate of the well-known champion of Spanish wine, Telmo Rodrigues. With a focus on biodiversity and a certification pending, the bush-vine viticulture is based on the best of both ancient and modern organic practices, with a focus on local terroir as against established Rioja practice of large-scale blends. This Reserva from a warm year was sourced nearby to the estate, on nicely elevated sites on the borderlands of Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Alta. Here a meaningful richness and ripeness is achieved, but with classic dessert and savoury undertones against a nicely rustic structure. A Rioja of generosity and character, the Remelluri is well worth checking out.
93/100 Luis Gutierrez, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2013 Vintage)
"The flagship red 2013 Reserva, the wine most people call simply Remelluri, was cropped from a cool, wet, challenging year, and it has a little less alcohol and higher acidity than the previous harvest. It had an élevage of 20 months in oak barriques. It has an herbal twist reflecting the conditions of the year, and it is developed and polished. It has the grippy, Nebbiolo-like tannins that are a signature of the Remelluri wines, a little more evident in a year like 2013. A Remelluri for food."