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.
Aged for more than 24 months in 9 new barrels of French oak and 6 of American oak and another five years in bottle before being released. The Gran Reserva is dark and intense with plum, spices, leather and tobacco notes. Intense and long on the palate with a silky smooth mouthfeel.
Spanish still red wine from Rioja Spain made with Tempranillo and Graciano.
Miguel Merino’s top wine is a varietal Tempranillo from his oldest vineyard, planted in 1931 on chalk and sandy soils. Black cherry and pomegranate fruit, with good grip and freshness, nuanced oak and a long, well balanced finish. Good now, but will age well. 2015-25- 95 pts Tim Atkins