2007 Rioja Blanco DOC, Remelluri, Labastida

Tasting Notes

Jay Miller (Robert Parker) 94/100
The 2007 Remelluri Blanco is a blend of 7 grapes varieties with the largest roles played by Garnacha Blanca (25%) and a combination of Roussanne and Marsanne (25%). The wine is fermented with native yeasts with malolactic fermentation in barrel followed by 16 months of aging in new French oak. It offers up a glorious perfume of buttered popcorn, tropical fruits, jasmine, baking spices, and minerals. In the glass the oak is integrated, the texture silky, and the wine's acid structure is firm and uplifting. It is likely to evolve for several years adding to its already considerable complexity. Drink this outstanding effort from 2013 to 2019+. The modern winery of Remelluri was established in 1967. The vineyards are farmed organically and the winery employs an integrated system of agriculture. The winemaker is the renowned Telmo Rodriguez. Remelluri's Blanco is the reference standard against which all others are measured in virtually every vintage.

Vineyard Information

Neal Martin - Reviewed August 2012 www.erobertparker.com

A visit to Rioja could not pass without a stop at Bodegas Remelluri, now managed by the pocket dynamo that is Telmo Rodriguez. I jumped in his muddy 4x4 to inspect his high altitude vines up on the Sierre de Tolono mountains and isolated, uncultivated plots of potentially great terroir that Telmo is keen to exploit in the future. Remelluri is suffused with a sense of place and history, epitomized by the family's home that is veiled in a monastic aura, every nook and cranny coveting untold stories from the 14th century when the monks from the Tolono monastery founded a sanctuary on this site.

Do not be fooled, because now this estate is looking towards the future, through Telmo's eyes. Though I was impressed by their current releases, the phrase 'You ain't seen nothin' yet kept running through my mind, because it will take time for Telmo to implement his winemaking tenets that have been honed through extensive experience both in Spain and abroad. This includes converting Remelluri's vineyard to biodynamism and re-training the vines away from the trellis (something that Telmo abhors in Rioja). But one thing that he enacted immediately was the bold decision to convene growers from whom Remelluri had sourced fruit for many years, and inform them that this arrangement would cease forthwith.

Telmo was effectively putting them out of a job in order to focus upon his own terroir, and to use his own words, 'concentrate the personality of Remelluri. This culling of out-sourced fruit is effective from the 2009 vintage. To compensate these growers, Telmo offered his experience and contacts to assist them in creating their own label. He was encouraged by the positive response and galvanized growers to take responsibility for their own wine; he was essentially sowing the seeds of his own philosophy. So let us begin with this label, because it is well worth seeking out'

Colour White Origin Spain
Region Spain White ABV 13.50%
Drink From 2012 Drink To 2020
Special occasion, Fine Wine, Wine for the Cellar