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.
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Vitola is moving closer to the other Miguel Merino wines in style, with a greater emphasis on perfume and graceful fruit flavours rather than on oak. Partnering Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, it still has coconut sweetness from its 70/30 mix of French and American wood, but the underlying flavours are sweet: raspberry, bramble and wild strawberry.- 93 pts Tim Atkin's Rioja Report 2023