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 owns and runs one of the smallest, youngest and most prestigious wineries in Spain. La Loma is a small vineyard of 1,5 hectares that was planted 70 years ago on poor soils, making the roots go very deep in order to produce fresh, subtle and elegant wines.
Aged for 14 months in French oak barrels. Deep and elegant with complex aromas of black fruits, spices and coffee notes. Good acidity, smooth tannins and a really long finish.
An impressive follow up to the maiden 2015 release, this will be a future Viñedo Singular, bringing some distinction to the new category. Combining Tempranillo (unusually for Briones) with 10% Garnacha, it's a delightfully balanced, nuanced red that needs time in bottle to develop secondary and tertiary flavours. 2022-30- 95 pts Tim Atkin MW