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.
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More modern in style than the bodega's Reserva, which relies more on American oak and balsamic notes, this is all aged in French wood and shows the poise and freshness of an Atlantic vintage. Savoury and spicy, with good balance and concentration and a core of mature fruit. 2021-26- 93 pts Tim Atkin MW