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Score: 93
2009 Granja Remelluri
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

Last year I tasted the Reserva and it’s now time for the 2009 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, which will be released worldwide around September (and therefore the price is approximate). This is a category they had not produced since 2005 and only bottled in exceptional vintages (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1999, 2005). In their mountain vineyards (500 to 800 meters altitude), the 2009 season saw a cold and long winter with enough snow that provided enough water for a warm summer. It’s a blend of the traditional Rioja grapes, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía. As in the past, all red wines contained a more or less small amount of white grapes and despite being considered modern when their first released their wines, today they are as classical as it gets. The wine fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of small stainless-steel and oak vats then matured in French oak barrels of different sizes and ages for about 17 months. It is a ripe and well-oaked red, with plenty of spice and a medium to full-bodied palate and, while approachable, it should improve in bottle. I’d wait at least one year before pulling the cork, at which time the oak will probably be better integrated. This vintage was not fully produced by Telmo, so it’s kind of a transition wine where you still find a bit too much new oak. From 2010 onward this wine changes, it should be produced every year and have a significant percentage of Garnacha and less new oak, perhaps after aging in large barrels. 20,000 bottles produced.

Score: 95
2010 Granja Remelluri
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

I was really blown away by the 2010 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva, their take on more classical Rioja; It is aged in oak for a longer time, but not without having selected grapes from their very best plots that would benefit from the extended élevage. The varietal composition is approximately 75% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha and 5% Graciano. Like all of the wines here, it fermented in small stainless steel and oak vats with indigenous yeasts, and then matured in oak barrels for some 26 months. The nose is full of flowers, blood orange, sweet spices, violet pastille and curry. It’s very aromatic and perfumed, with the herbs that you find in the Remelluri mountains, rosemary especially. It is extremely attractive, with a nose that makes you go back to it over and over again. This is still very young, but terribly balanced. The tannins are refined and there is a fine thread of acidity going through its core and lifting it up. This could very well be the best vintage of Granja so far. And having seen the improvements in the vineyards, my feeling is that the best is yet to come. Around 20,000 bottles produced. I tasted with Telmo Rodríguez and Pablo Eguzkiza who returned to Remelluri in 2010. The wines are now showing the improvements in the vineyards, which are all now organically certified. The 2010 Granja is simply superb.

Score: 93
2009 Remelluri
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

The 2009 Remelluri Reserva aims at showing the character of Remelluri, as this is the first modern vintage that does not have grapes purchased from external suppliers. These grapes are now in the Lindes range of wines, but in the past they were blended with the estate grapes. The cool Remelluri vineyards behave very well in warmer years. This 2009 is very clean with predominant aromas of earthy red fruit intermixed with notes of vanilla and cinnamon, a satin texture with round, fine-grained tannins and quite classical and very well-proportioned style. This is a great vintage for Remelluri Reserva.

The Remelluri name should be well-known to our readers. The big news here was the return of Telmo Rodriguez, who left the family winery to start his own projects throughout Spain, but returned in February 2010. Many changes have been made, and more will come. For example, he’s starting a solera with Viura, blending different vintages, in a kind of homage to old white Riojas. To start, he’s clearly separating the wines produced with the estate grapes and those produced with grapes purchased from external suppliers, for which he has created the line Lindes de Remelluri (Remelluri borders). He’s also implementing biodynamic practices in the vineyards.

Score: 93
2010 Remelluri
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

The wine that represents the house style and also the biggest volume here with around 350,000 bottles produced is the 2010 Reserva which was cropped from an almost perfect growing season. A blend of the reds Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano and the whites Viura and Malvasía Riojana, it fermented with indigenous yeasts in a combination of stainless steel and oak vats then matured in French oak barrels for 17 months. The nose has earthy aromas and notes of ripe orange peel giving old-style character to the wine marked by very well-integrated oak and an obvious Rioja character. There are cherries, plums and spices with licorice and ink aromas. The day after, it has more strawberries with very good freshness, so the evolution in bottle should be good. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins and good acidity that ends with sweet fruit flavors and something earthy, very pleasant and easy to drink. It grows on you. 350,000 bottles produced but there are different lots.

Score: 92
2011 Remelluri
August 2016, by Luis Gutiérrez

Not far off from the phenomenal 2010, the 2011 Reserva was cropped from a much warmer and riper vintage and it shows. This is the cuvée that represents the house style and wants to showcase the landscape of their estate, blending grapes from their 108 hectares of vineyards located at altitudes ranging from 500 to 800 meters altitude, with vines aged between 35 and 80 years. It’s mostly Tempranillo with some Garnacha and Graciano, fermented with natural yeasts and aged in barrel for some 16 months before being bottled. There are aromas of damson plums and plenty of spices, quite ripe and heady, a little cooked. The palate is lush and round with abundandt, dusty tannins. This is a powerful vintage. 300,000 bottles produced.

Score: 93
2013 Remelluri Blanco
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

2013 was a challenging vintage in Rioja for reds and that’s what got stuck in the collective memory, but it somehow seems to be much better for whites. The 2013 Blanco from Remelluri is one of the best vintages ever produced. This has always been a blend of nine different grape varieties with the idea that the blend would erase the imprint from each variety and would show the character of the place. The white varieties are always planted in the poorer, whiter soils, and in this case also the higher altitude places, where the soils are shallow and rich in marls and sandstone. It fermented in small stainless steel and oak vats with indigenous yeasts and matured in oak barrel for one year. The nose is slightly oaky with a core of flowers, pollen, orange peel, spices and wet chalk. The palate shows good freshness and it’s very tasty, with salty, chalky minerality. This is fine and elegant. There is some creaminess, perhaps not as crisp as I expected for the vintage. From 2013 onward, all of the Remelluri vineyards are organically certified. Some 6,000 bottles were filled in May 2015.

Score: 93
2012 Lindes de Remelluri, Viñedos de Labastida
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

The 2012 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Labastida, from a warm and dry vintage, is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano. The grapes come from a number of growers from the village where Remelluri is located, Labastida. This is an austere zone that produces serious and mineral wines, more backward than the one from San Vicente. This is more of a Mediterranean vintage, with aromas of wild herbs and some notes of flowers. In general, this is a more elegant cuvée. 50,000 bottles produced.

Score: 92
2012 Lindes de Remelluri, Viñedos de San Vicente de la Srra.
April 2015, by Luis Gutiérrez

The 2012 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de San Vicente de la Sonsierra is a blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano. The grapes are purchased from growers from the neighboring village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, one of the most important in Rioja in vineyard extension, diversity and quality. 2012 was warmer and drier than the average, and the grapes were ripe and very healthy. Most of the wines are produced and aged in a very similar way; they are fermented in small stainless steel and oak vats with natural yeasts, and matured in oak barrels for one year. This is always more approachable than the wine from Labastida, with forward fruit and a gentle palate, easy to drink. 2012 produced round and juicy wines, intense. 50,000 bottles produced.

From Guía Peñín

Score: 93
2009 Granja Remelluri
Guía Peñín 2015

Colour: Deep Cherry. Nose: Spicy, Fine Reductive Notes, Tobacco, Characterful, Ripe Fruit. Palate: Spicy, Fine Tannins, Elegant, Long.

Score: 94
2009 Remelluri
Guía Peñín 2016

Colour: Cherry, Garnet Rim. Nose: Balanced, Complex, Ripe Fruit, Spicy, Fine Reductive Notes. Palate: Good Structure, Flavourful, Round Tannins, Balanced.

Score: 96
2010 Remelluri
Guía Peñín 2016

Colour: Cherry, Garnet Rim. Nose: Ripe Fruit, Spicy, Creamy Oak, Complex, Expressive. Palate: Flavourful, Toasty, Round Tannins, Balanced, Elegant.

Score: 90
2012 Lindes de Remelluri, Viñedos de Labastida
Guía Peñín 2016

Colour: Cherry, Garnet Rim. Nose: Spicy, Creamy Oak, Fruit Preserve. Palate: Powerful, Flavourful, Spicy, Long.

Score: 93
2012 Lindes de Remelluri, Viñedos de San Vicente de la Srra.
Guía Peñín 2016

Colour: Bright Cherry. Nose: Ripe Fruit, Sweet Spices, Creamy Oak. Palate: Flavourful, Fruity, Toasty, Round Tannins.

From Tim Atkin

Score: 96
2010 Remelluri Reserva
2015-16 Remelluri Special Report

Showing the class of the vintage, this Tempranillo-based wine is complemented by Garnacha and a comparatively high percentage of Graciano, which gives it good ageing potential. Subtle liquorice and Asian spices, bright acidity, attractive oak and a long, minerally finish. One of the best Remelluri Reservas. 2015-22

Score: 96
2010 Granja Remelluri Gran Reserva
2015-16 Remelluri Special Report

Telma Rodriguez uses more Garnacha in his Gran Reserva, although this is still a rich wine, saturated in colour and flavour. Violets, plum and blackberry fruit, some fennel and thyme, refined oak and a chalky minerally backbone. A very impressive release. 2015-28

Score: 96
2012 Remelluri Blanco
2015-16 Remelluri Special Report

Telmo Rodriguez’s mould-breaking white wine combines seven different varieties from the highest and coolest part of the estate. Summer flowers, apricot, pear, baking spices and a saline, oyster shell note: this is a stylish and highly innovative wine. 2015-18

From JamesSuckling.com

Score: 95
Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Reserva 2010
July 16, 2015

A wine with beautiful finess and depth. Dark fruits, dark chocolate, hazelnut and floral character. Polished and refined. Full body. Long and beautiful. Tasty finish. The first recent vintage 100% made by Telmo Rodriguez. Drink or hold.

Score: 98
Granja de Nuestra Señora de Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva 2010
July 16th, 2015

Complex aromas of hazelnuts, dried flowers, dark fruits and stones. Subtle. Full-bodied, chewy and structured. Fills your mouth. An age-worthy wine that harkens back to the great Rioja of the 1940s and 1950s. Available in 2016.

From Vinous (International Wine Cellar)

93 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($89) (garnacha blanca, viura, roussanne, marsanne and viognier, fermented and aged in large oak casks): Bright yellow. Smoky pear and nectarine aromas are complemented by chalky minerals, toasty lees and iodine. Supple, deeply pitched orchard fruit and melon flavors stain the palate, picking up bitter citrus zest and ginger qualities on the back end. Turns firmer and more minerally with air, finishing with excellent lift, thrust and smoky persistence. I really like the fact that this wine has moved away from the overt oakiness it frequently showed in past vintages, and I now consider it to be among the top white wines in all of Spain.

92 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de Labastida Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($33) Bright violet color. Ripe cherry and blackberry on the highly perfumed nose, with a sexy floral nuance adding complexity. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors with hints of vanilla and smoky minerals. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. Very suave wine with the balance to age but also with the upfront fruit to make it quite attractive now.

92 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vicente Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($33) Bright violet color. Aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry-cola, anise and pipe tobacco, with subtle vanilla and woodsmoke nuances in the background. Fleshier and rounder than the Labastida bottling but in no way lacking for vivacity. Silky tannins give shape to the long, sappy finish, which features sexy floral pastille and spicecake qualities.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Reserva
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($42) Vivid ruby. Red berries, cherry pit and potpourri on the pungent, spice-accented nose. Sappy and concentrated, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air and take a turn toward darker fruits. Shows excellent focus and thrust on the persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a seductive floral pastille quality. I'd love to taste this wine and its elegant '09 sibling side-by-side in another five years.

94 Points
2005 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($80) Deep ruby.  An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of red fruit compote, candied rose, vanilla, incense and smoky minerals.  Sweet, penetrating raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show superb depth and energy, picking up smoke and spice nuances with air.  Supple, expansive and alluringly spicy on the finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of rose pastille.

93 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($80) Light, bright gold.  Explosive aromas of candied citrus fruits, sweet butter, iodine and fennel, with a sexy floral overtone.  Fleshy and concentrated but lively, offering intense orange, poached pear, buttered toast and smoky mineral flavors.  Reminds me a lot of a high-end Meursault.  Closes spicy and very long, with lingering tangerine and mineral notes.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de Labastida Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Saturated ruby.  Blackcurrant, smoky minerals and potpourri on the highly perfumed nose.  Silky and sweet on entry, then packed with juicy dark fruit complicated by floral pastilles and a hint of blood orange.  Powerful but lithe, with seamless texture, fine-grained tannins and impressive energy on the finish.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vicente Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Glass-staining ruby.  Heady aromas of boysenberry, cassis, fennel and pipe tobacco, with a sexy vanilla undertone.  Lush, velvety and sweet in the mouth, with sexy flavors of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice and floral pastilles.  A fleshy, powerful but shockingly energetic Rioja, with supple tannins framing a long, sweet finish.

92 Points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

Deep ruby.  Sexy, floral- and mineral-accented red fruit aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air.  Lithe and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and power in the glass.  Very young but promising, with excellent finishing clarity and sweet, gently tannic persistence.  Shows an impressively graceful character for the vintage.

91 Points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Lindes de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) (a blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano and viura; aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak):  Bright purple.  Rich, smoky aromas of ripe cherry and blueberry are complicated by suggestions of vanilla and candied rose.  Bright and focused on the palate, offering spicy blackcurrant and floral pastille flavors and strong mineral bite.  Juicy cassis and black raspberry flavors linger on the smooth, persistent finish.  Nicely balanced and focused, with supple tannins that fade into the sweet fruit. 

93 points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($80) (made from a blend of garnacha blanca, roussanne, marsanne, viognier, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, moscatel and petit courbut):  Bright yellow.  A heady, complex bouquet evokes candied citrus fruits, pear skin, honey, vanilla and ginger, with a spicy overtone.  Deeply pitched orange and poached pear flavors show very good breadth and are braced and lifted by tangy acidity.  Closes on a gently sweet note, with impressive power and lingering spiciness.  This wine is delicious now but it also has the concentration to reward mid-term cellaring.

92 points
2008 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($38) (mostly tempranillo, with garnacha, graciano, viura and malvasia):  Ruby-red.  Redcurrant, cherry, rose pastille and spicecake on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth.  Silky, sweet and penetrating, with slow-building tannins and excellent finishing cut and length.  A very successful wine for this difficult vintage, and it's built to reward at least another ten years of aging.

91 points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Lindes de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Bright ruby-red.  Sexy, floral-accented aromas of candied red fruits, cherry-cola and Asian spices, with slow-building tobacco and licorice nuances.  Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet cherry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper.  Finishes with very good energy and length, leaving floral and cola notes behind.

From Dr. Vino

Telmo Rodriguez uncorks terroir in Rioja
April 10, 2012

Dr. Vino talks with Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri. Read the blog post to see Telmo's views on Rioja and its wines.