2018 Remelluri Rioja San Vicente

94 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
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A ripe and succulent Rioja from a legendary producer. Telmo Rodrigues is a leader in modern Spanish wine but his home is on this Rioja estate called Remelluri. Along with his sister Amaia, Telmo has begun transforming their dozens of contract grower relationships in two nearby villages by bottling them separately. Compared to the Atlantic-side Labastida, the San Vicente's Mediterranean-leaning conditions make it fuller in most years due to its drier and more ferrous soils. A great companion and a rare glimpse of Rioja terroir. Try it!
$39.99 in mixed 6+ or $44.99 per bottle

Grape

Tempranillo

Its Origins

Remelluri was founded by monks in the 14th Century, although there is evidence dating even farther back of wine being made on these premises. The vines changed hands a number of times over the years before being purchased by Jaime Rodriguez in 1967. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez, took the reins of the estate and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remellur’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 two wines made from grapes grown in the surrounding villages are now sold under the label ‘Las Lindes de Remelluri’, and are identified each by their village of origin: Labastida and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. As a nod to Rioja’s historic viticultural traditions, they have begun moving the Garnacha from trellis to bush-grown vines and will be working increasingly with mixed field plantings. Although Remelluri has always eschewed chemical treatments in the vineyard, 2010 marked the year of the estate’s full organic certification. Work in the winery plays a secondary role in Telmo’s philosophy, but great care is taken to make sure that each bottle reflects the terruño of the region: wines are fermented with native yeasts, each plot is vinified separately, new oak is used very scarcely and the wines are very lightly filtered and fined.

Telmo Rodrigues

What The Critics Say

94/100 Parker's Wine Advocate, Luis Gutierrez

It's always interesting to compare the 2018 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de San Vicente de la Sonsierra with the wine from the same year but from the external suppliers from Labastida, as the two wines are produced in the same way after a natural fermentation in small vats and oak casks and matured in a combination of barriques of different origins and aged for 14 months. In this cooler year, it has contained ripeness and moderate alcohol. This is more expressive and open, showing everything from the first moment. 2018 is a special year, cooler and with more rain, and the wines combine power with elegance. For Pablo Eguzkiza, the year is a little like 2013. It's medium-bodied with fine, abundant tannins, with plenty of fruit and a dry, chalky finish. 86,800 bottles produced. It was bottled between April and May 2020.

Variety Tempranillo
Region Rioja
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Maturity 2020 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with GAME
with LAMB

Taste

4

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