Marqués de Riscal Rioja Reserva 2014 375ml
Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from Tempranillo vines planted before 1970's, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.
- Tasting notes: Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak.
- Grape variety: Tempranillo/ Graciano/ Mazuelo
- Food pairing: This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.
- Best served: Between 16º and 18ºC
“A classic Rioja made from 90pc Tempranillo, with a touch of Graciano and Mazuelo, this has concentrated red and dark fruit with notes of liquorice, balsamic, warm spice and black pepper. Perfect with roast lamb.” Corinna Hardgrave, The wine buff: The top 15 wines for Easter, Irish Independent, Published: 1st May ,2019
Independentie. 2019. Irish Independent. [Online]. [1 May 2019]. Available from: https://www.independent.ie/life/food-drink/wine/the-wine-buff-the-top-15-wines-for-easter-38001087.html
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