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 hails from bony clay and limestone soils in the southern part of Briones and is a partnership of Tempranillo and 4% Graciano, aged in mixed French and American oak barrels. Fresh and floral, with black fruit flavours, subtle reduction, notes of mint and fresh herbs and understated wood spice.- 93 pts Tim Atkin's Rioja 2021 Special Report