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.
Vitola is a complex and expressive Reserva wine. Ripe red and black fruit aromas with cloves, black pepper and spice. Tobacco, liquorice and coffee on the palate. Fresh, intense, long and well-balanced.
After years of squabbling between selfstyled modernists (who generally favoured shorter ageing in new French oak barrels) and traditionalists, the region as a whole has come to focus on the quality of the fruit and location of the vineyards. This was always the philosophy at the small, family-run bodega Miguel Merino, with wines such as the deep but finely balanced red Vitola showing off the distinctive lift and freshness of their vineyards in the beautiful village of Briones.- David Williams, The Guardian