2012 Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

2012 Marques de Riscal Gran Reserva
B-21 Top Recommendation
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It's been nearly four decades since my first visit to Marques de Riscal, a slightly longer period than the reign of Spain's communist leader Francisco Franco, which ended in 1975. Early on Franco cut off exports, in this case, halting sales of Riscal. I thank Franco for preserving those vintages in the cellar – that bottle of 1928 Riscal that was most graciously shared with me on that visit. 1928 was after all the year when Rioja became a legally designated wine region. Emblematic of the post-Franco Spanish wine revival is Frank Gehry's Marques de Riscal Hotel, pictured in the header of Mucho Gusto. A dramatic, daring statement of a new revolution. Much has been endured. Riscal continues to capture the essence of Rioja, elevating the region's reputation and creating a wine destination for us all.

92V

Saturated ruby. Expansive cherry and dark berry aromas are complemented by suggestions of vanilla, woodsmoke and baking spices. Plush and open-knit, offering pliant, smoke-tinged blackberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that show very good depth and no rough edges. The long, smooth finish features dusty tannins and repeating dark fruit and mocha notes.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Apr 2021)

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