Rioja Reserva

Montecillo Rioja Reserva

Tasting Notes

Rioja Reserva is clean, bright and expressive ruby red of medium-high intensity with great fluidity in the glass. On the nose, this Reserva shows great balance, with very ripe fruit appearing at first, followed by hints of freshness and noble oak. Sweet, aniseed-like notes appear in the background, leaving an intense and long-lasting flavor which is elegant, lively, and very pleasant on the palate. Balanced acidity and well-polished tannins give a very smooth mouth feel, with high quality oak on the finish.


92% Tempranillo & 8% Mazuelo

Technical Notes

Each varietal is harvested and vinified seperately. 8% of the Tempranillo must is bled-off, to concentrate it. Pre-fermentative maceration of three days in an inert atmosphere of dry ice. Alcoholic fermentation at 26-ºC and one week's post-fermentative maceration with the skins. The Mazuelo ferments in conventional small, stainless steel tanks. It is subsequently devatted using gravity and malolactic fermentation takes place in underground cement tanks. Aging in French and American oak barrels (65% - 35%), 24 months in the case of the Tempranillo and 22 months for the Mazuelo. The final blend is made just before bottling and after this, it spends at least two years reductively ageing in the bottle before its release to market.

Food Pairing

The perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, charcuterie, mature cheeses and stews. Serving temperature: 16ºC - 18ºC.

Did you know fact

Montecillo Reserva is a Rioja crafted wine with extraordinary care that is true to itself: combining intensity and aromatic finesse with a rich body. Established in 1874, Montecillo is the oldest winery of Fuenmayorin Rioja Alta and the third-oldest bodega in the entire D.O.Ca. Rioja.


Vintage - 2015

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Vintage - 2013