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Herederos del Marqués de Riscal, Reserva Rioja 2011

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From the Winery

Introduction

 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.

History

Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, from the outset it has been a point of reference in the winemaking business at both national and international level.

In 1858 the construction of the first cellar begun and the increasing wine production required the facilities to be enlarged in 1883. Further extensions followed in 1968 and 2000.

Inside the original (1860) cellar is the Cathedral, a unique collection made up of bottles from every vintage produced by the winery since the very first harvest in 1862 to the present.

“To speak of the Cathedral is to speak of the living history of Vinos de Los Herederos del Marqués de Riscal and Rioja wines in general”

The grapes used to make Marqués de Riscal wines are grown in 1,500Ha. spread between Elciego and neighbouring villages such as Leza, Laguardia or Villabuena. The poor soils, from the different terraces over the river Ebro, are of the chalky clay kind.

This sub zone of the Rioja Alavesa has traditionally been best known for producing wines with good ageing potential, thanks to the high acidity and good tannin structure of the musts obtained.

Marqués de Riscal Vineyards

    •    500 Ha of our own Tempranillo, Graciano, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mazuelo vines.

    •    985 Ha of external vineyards controlled by the cellar.

Grape Varieties

Tempranillo: predominant variety with a short growing cycle and delicate cultivation.

Graciano: late-ripening variety with a long growth cycle, hardy and high-yielding.

Mazuelo: minority variety in recession, late-ripening and hardy.

Cabernet Sauvignon: As well as the rest of the varieties, Marqués de Riscal has cultivated this variety since 1858, the year of its foundation. With a long cycle, hardy character and marked varietal character.

Marqués de Riscal, its philosophy

Throughout its history, Marqués de Riscal has always been an innovating, pioneering cellar and reference in a constantly changing winemaking sector. We seek to make wines which are original, fresh, elegant and easy to drink. Since the beginning we\'ve always had a clear vocation to export.

 
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