Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from Tempranillo vines planted before 1970's, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour.
Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.
Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances.
On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins.
The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak.
Food pairing: This wine goes well with ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.
My late father used to buy cases of Marques de Riscal. In the 1970’s until the late 1980’s it was one of the best Spanish wines for casual drinking, back when there were relatively few denominations compared to today. I recently bought this wine for my ex-wife for Mother’s Day, and I am glad to report, it has totally sustained its reputation. It’s not a Vega Sicilia or other grand bottle, but it was never meant to be. It is a reasonably priced daily wine that punches far above its weight. It stands on its own for cocktails, or goes well with meals.
Marques De Riscal Rioja Reserva 750ml
Marques de Riscal Reserva 750ml