2015 Marques de Riscal Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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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.


The 2015 Rioja Reserva, which comes mainly from Rioja Alavesa, has a tightly wound bouquet of broody black fruit, Cuban cigar and black olive. It is not intense, but it is very elegant. The medium-bodied palate is off-dry, marked by fine acidity and plenty of soy-tinged black fruit. With aeration, it develops more depth and cohesion. A sprinkling of white pepper appears toward a beautifully proportioned finish framed by fine tannins. Superb.

93 points, Neal Martin, Vinous (Oct 2019)


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