Remelluri Reserva, 2011

Remelluri Reserva, 2011

41.00

The Remelluri estate's origins date back to the fourteenth century when monks from the Toloño monastery founded a sanctuary and farm at the site. The monks later abandoned the area, but local hermits continued to maintain the shrine there while the Real Divisa, a local community organization, maintained the farms to accommodate the needs of pilgrims who came to pray at the sanctuary. The estate was eventually split up and sold. 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. Remelluri's vineyards are located along the slopes of the Sierra de Toloño mountains in the valleys of Valderemelluri, La Granja and Villaescusa. The vineyards here are at the highest elevation in the region, south-facing and protected from the prevailing winds and frost. It is the unique micro-climate of this area that gives the wines of Remelluri their personality. Poor, stony soil with layers of clay help to retain freshness, while the Atlantic influence provides abundant rainfall and lower temperatures than in the rest of the region. The alternation of cool nights and hot days offers ideal conditions for proper phenolic ripening of the grapes. 90% Tempranillo, 5% Garnacha, and 5% Graciano. Grapes are hand-selected in the vineyard and transported to the winery in 20kg boxes. The grapes go through a second sorting in the winery, and only the best are selected. Fermented with indigenous yeasts and aged for 17 months in a combination of barrels of various sizes and ages.

This is very tannic and powerful with a full body, and a solid backbone. Dark berry and chocolate undertones. Hints of wet earth. Decant before serving.

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