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Rioja Reserva

Montecillo Rioja Reserva

Tasting Notes

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.

Varieties

90% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha, 2% Mazuelo

Technical Notes

Each varietal is harvested and vinifi¬ed separately. Pre-fermentative maceration takes place in vats at a low temperature. The tank is then bled off before the start of alcoholic fermentation. Post-fermentative maceration takes place, adding up to a total of two weeks of skin contact. Controlled malolactic fermentation transpires in underground cement tanks. The wine is then moved to handcrafted French and American oak barrels (70% - 30%) for 25 months, with scrupulous racking to keep the wine in perfect condition. Once bottled, it remains in the cellars for at least 20 months before it is released, thus achieving greater complexity.

Food Pairing

This Reserva is the perfect accompaniment to meat dishes, charcuterie, mature cheeses and slow-cooked stews.

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.

Awards
90

Vintage - 2010

90

Vintage - 2010

Gold Medal

Vintage - 2011

91, Editor's Choice

Vintage - 2012

92

Vintage - 2011

Silver Medal

Vintage - 2012

92

Vintage - 2013