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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The oak is a little more marked here than on the other Merino wines at the moment, but the elegance, poise and focus that are a feature of the bodega's style are all apparent here too. Savoury and sweet, with leafy tannins, mulberry fruit, good acidity for a 2012 and a smoky finish. 2020-24- 92 pts Tim Atkin MW