Friday, February 10, 2012

Remelluri: The Cult Wine of Rioja

Country: Spain

Region: Rioja

Production: Approx. 3,000 cases imported into the United States every vintage year.

Grape: 90% Tempranillo, 10% blend of both Garnacha and Graciano

Crate design: A favorite of mine. The front and back sides are gently engraved with the highly detailed picture of the winery's vineyard. The picture is oversized and eye-catching.

Rarity: Very Rare. Production is incredibly small. This picture represents the only crate we ever acquired. It was sold quickly.

Crate designation: Exclusive Class ($50.00)

Our opinion/history: Remelluri is a Spanish cult, that has recieved high marks from critics. Their wine making process is revolutionary, and they mix traditional and modern fermentation processes brilliantly. They use both steel vats and oak barrels at two different times. The result: An outstanding creation. The wines are also meant to be put down for a decade or so for optimal enjoyment.

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