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Remelluri Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2014  - First Bottle


96 Decanter -
This still-youthful top wine from Remelluri's oldest vines has the quintessential Telmo Rodriguez-era combination of freshness, silkiness of tannin and aromatic detail, with purring power and wonderful concentration of blackcurrant fruit. One to hang on to for as long as possible. Organic.
96 Falstaff -
Elegant bouquet with beautiful, clear fruit. Notes of blackberry, plum and black cherry. Hints of orange zest, Christmas spices and smoky nuances. Powerful yet elegant on the palate, with a juicy acidity and plenty of dark fruit. Fine-grained tannins and a long finish.
94 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate -
I tasted the 2014 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva from a year that wasn't easy. Like 2013, which vintage I was able to compare this with in my earlier tasting, 2014 was also a late harvest with rain, and they also had to sort and select the grapes and ended up bottling a small quantity, 9,860 bottles instead of the usual 20,000 or so. It's a little riper than the 2013, but it feels very complete. This is a red for the long run, and I am truly impressed by its texture and the quality of the tannins. I see a jump in quality here, hopefully the direction the wines are going to develop in the future. It was bottled in May 2017 after close to 30 months in barrel.
94 James Suckling -
A cool, creamy red with blueberry and black-cherry aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, round and polished tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now.

Technical Details

  • Blend58% Tempranillo, 28% Garnacha, 11% Graciano, 3% other indigenous grapes
  • WinemakerTelmo Rodriguez
  • CountrySpain
  • RegionLa Rioja
  • AppellationRioja
  • Farming MethodCertified Organic by ENEEK and Practicing Biodynamic
  • OakFrench oak barrels: one to five-year-old barrels (225L, 400L, and 500L) and foudres ranging from 1200L to 2000L.
  • Aging/Cooperage30 months in one to five-year-old French oak barrels and foudres, then five years in bottle
  • Release Date44774
  • Harvest DateOctober 12th through October 24th
  • Alcohol14.5%

Remelluri Granja Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2014

Tempranillo, Red Blends  |  Spain
DC96, FS96, WA94, JS94, TA94

Certified Organic by ENEEK and Practicing Biodynamic
23% off retail!

We got the best price in the USA on this iconic estate’s top wine, and wow, it is something special! This is equivalent to Rioja’s take on a Bordeaux First Growth – the grandest vineyard, the best selection of fruit, and the most careful winemaking and aging. Double 96 points, plus a whole slew of other top marks make this a top, top Rioja for any collection!

The Remelluri estate's origins date back to the fourteenth century when monks from the Tolono monastery founded a sanctuary and farm at the site. The modern winery was established in 1967 when Jaime Rodríguez Salis purchased the vineyards at the heart of the former estate. Since then, Remelluri has been devoted to recovering the old lands of this historic estate and restoring the original vineyards to pristine working order. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo Rodríguez and Amaia Rodríguez Hernandorena took the reins of the estate and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remelluri’s different terroirs and ultimately reclaim Rioja’s viticultural history.

The first major change was to cut down the production of Remelluri wines by one-third, restricting it to wines produced from the estate’s own grapes. The second major change was farming, in particular their organic certification in 2010, and their preferred use of biodynamic processes. Winery production plays the third role in Telmo’s philosophy, where great care is taken to make sure that each wine reflects the region’s terroir. Wines are fermented with native yeasts, with each plot vinified separately, new oak is used very scantly, and the wines are only lightly filtered and fined.

In 2014, due to some late-season rains, the decision was made to make roughly half of their typical production for this wine. Doing so certainly preserved the high quality, as this wine effortlessly balances concentration with elegance – in a way nearly unmatched by any Rioja I’ve experienced. This is unquestionably built to last – 8 years since harvest, and this wine is still best served by a couple more years in the cellar. Will develop fantastically for decades, as the voluptuous berry fruits will further integrate into the bright freshness of pine needles and savory herbs, while the bright acidity and persistent vein of minerality will work to ensure the wine remains nearly eternally youthful. Simply a tremendous effort on a top-quality Rioja that has rightfully brought the region into the conversation of the greatest wines in the world. Only about 10 cases are available, sadly, so make sure you snag a couple now! We said the BEST price in the entire USA, right?

About the Producer

Remelluri became the first single-estate/monopole Rioja of the modern era with its release of the 1971 vintage. Remelluri is produced by the brother and sister team of Telmo Rodríguez (winemaker) and Amaia Rodríguez Hernandorena (viticulturist), with Telmo’s winemaking partner, the prolific Pablo Eguzkiza (trained at Château Petrus). Remelluri is one of the most timeless and iconic landscapes of the wine world, as well as one of the most enchanting vineyards in Spain. While firmly anchored in its historical past, Remelluri illuminates the path forward for not only the future of Rioja but also world-class, terroir-based fine wines produced in Spain. Only indigenous varieties are used, planted from 1918, averaging over 70 years old. The blend consists primarily of goblet-trained tempranillo, garnacha, and graciano varieties with an average yield of 27hl/ha. Only grapes from the estate are used for Granja Remelluri. Certified organic farming (certified by ENEEK, the Basque Agricultural Regulatory Council) and made with low intervention, unfiltered, and minimal sulfur at bottling.