1999 Remelluri La Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva

Year: 1999
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Advocate: 96
Vinous Media: 94
Red Wine
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"The monumental 1999 Remelluri La Granja Gran Reserva is a testament to what can be achieved in Rioja. Made up of a blend of 86% Tempranillo, 12% Garnacha, and 2% Graciano, it was fermented with native yeasts and aged for 27 months in French and American oak. Beautifully expressive aromatically, it gives up exotic spices, lavender, incense, a hint of balsamic, black cherry, and blackberry. In the glass it deftly combines elegance and power while concealing enough structure to endure for at least another 10-15 years. At the asking price, it is a steal in world class wine.

The modern winery of Remelluri was established in 1967. The vineyards are farmed organically and the winery employs an integrated system of agriculture. The winemaker is the renowned Telmo Rodriguez. Remelluri’s Blanco is the reference standard against which all others are measured in virtually every vintage." (WA)

"(86% tempranillo, 12% garnacha and 2% graciano, rasied in all new French oak): Bright ruby. Pungent red berries, cherry compote, licorice and musky underbrush on the nose, with sexy rose and oak spice qualities gaining strength with air. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the mid-palate, offering densely packed black raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors. Fine-grained tannins add grip and focus to the impressively long, seamless finish. This is complex enough to drink now but has the depth and balance to repay lots of patience." (IWC)

Winery Notes:
Wine Maker Notes -
Sourced from our oldest plots, all of the grapes for our Gran Reserva were hand selected in the vineyard and transported in 20kg boxes. After further review of the grapes in the winery, the wine was fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks and 5000L wooden vats. It was then aged for 27 months in a combinations of French and American oak and bottled in February 2002.

Tasting Notes -
Spice box of aromas reminiscent of tobacco, sandalwood and pencil lead. The palate is grand and gains presence with aeration. Good length and great finesse.