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.
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La Loma comes from a steep, limestone-rich slope on the Ollauri side of Briones planted in 1946. The finish is a little firm here, but it's still a wine that's in its infancy, with layers of smooth, Tempranillo fruit, some crunch from 10% Garnacha, vibrant plum and bramble fruit and underpinning acidity. 2022-30- 93 pts Tim Atkin, Rioja 2020 Special Report