Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2013

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“The flagship red 2013 Reserva, the wine most people call simply Remelluri, was cropped from a cool, wet, challenging year, and it has a little less alcohol and higher acidity than the previous harvest. It had an élevage of 20 months in oak barriques. It has an herbal twist reflecting the conditions of the year, and it is developed and polished. It has the grippy, Nebbiolo-like tannins that are a signature of the Remelluri wines, a little more evident in a year like 2013. A Remelluri for food. 214,321 bottled produced. It was bottled in April 2016. Drink: 2019-2013. 93 points

Remelluri is Telmo Rodríguez’s family’s property in Rioja. He returned in 2010 to take over the management from his father together with his sister Amaia. Since then, he and his business partner Pablo Eguzkiza have implemented many changes that can now be seen in the wines. I got up to date with all the missing vintages of all the wines produced at the property, so I tasted a couple of vintages of most of the wines, which is always good for comparison’s sake. I see the evolution of the different years, and I look forward to taste the 2016 versions of wines like the Remelluri Reserva and the Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, because what I see in the other wines points at a great development and improvement through meticulous work and small changes in the vineyards and winery.”

Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate (243)