Marques de Riscal XR Special Release Reserva Rioja

Marques de Riscal XR Special Release Reserva Rioja

Wine: Marques de Riscal ‘XR Special Release’ Reserva

Producer: Marques de Riscal

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Vintage: 2016

Style: Red

Blend: Tempranillo 95%, Graciano 5%

ABV: 14%

Size: 75cl

Vegan

 

Notes: Limited release from the famed estate. Intense black-cherry colour with good depth. Very expressive aromas on the nose with notes of liquorice, cinnamon & black pepper, with just a subtle hint of the long cask-ageing & ripe, concentrated fruit. Good backbone & lovely, polished tannins leading to a long, persistent finish.

At Marques de Riscal, there used to be “winemaker’s wines” among its Historic Reservas, like the Reserva Medoc & the XR, which never became commercial names. In the tradition of the Jerez capataces (cellarmasters), the enologist marked some of the barrels in chalk with the letters XR as a consequence of having found special characteristics which were not present in others. This XR was never marketed as such but was always a reference point for the master winemaker. This custom lasted almost a century, between the harvests of 1869 & 1964.

Marques de Riscal XR pays tribute to all the master winemakers who, from Jean Pineau to today, have helped to forge a part of the greatest history of Spanish wine in Marques de Riscal.

 

Producer Info: The origins of the house go back to 1858, when the Marques de Riscal, who was resident in Bordeaux, was asked to hire a French winemaker to help the locals improve their winemaking techniques. Today the company owns nearly 600 hectares of vines, across La Rioja, Rueda & Castilla y Leon regions.

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Wine: Marques de Riscal ‘XR Special Release’ Reserva

Producer: Marques de Riscal

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Vintage: 2016

Style: Red

Blend: Tempranillo 95%, Graciano 5%

ABV: 14%

Size: 75cl

Vegan

 

Notes: Limited release from the famed estate. Intense black-cherry colour with good depth. Very expressive aromas on the nose with notes of liquorice, cinnamon & black pepper, with just a subtle hint of the long cask-ageing & ripe, concentrated fruit. Good backbone & lovely, polished tannins leading to a long, persistent finish.

At Marques de Riscal, there used to be “winemaker’s wines” among its Historic Reservas, like the Reserva Medoc & the XR, which never became commercial names. In the tradition of the Jerez capataces (cellarmasters), the enologist marked some of the barrels in chalk with the letters XR as a consequence of having found special characteristics which were not present in others. This XR was never marketed as such but was always a reference point for the master winemaker. This custom lasted almost a century, between the harvests of 1869 & 1964.

Marques de Riscal XR pays tribute to all the master winemakers who, from Jean Pineau to today, have helped to forge a part of the greatest history of Spanish wine in Marques de Riscal.

 

Producer Info: The origins of the house go back to 1858, when the Marques de Riscal, who was resident in Bordeaux, was asked to hire a French winemaker to help the locals improve their winemaking techniques. Today the company owns nearly 600 hectares of vines, across La Rioja, Rueda & Castilla y Leon regions.

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