Grapelive Weekend Treat
By Kerry Winslow
2007 Remelluri Rioja, Spain.
This beautiful and seductive Rioja is everything you could ask for in a wine, everything is balanced and graceful, but with life and vigor as well. Close to 90% Tempranillo the Remelluri has a touch of Graciano and Garnacha that give perfume and spice, really they help frame the rich and complex old vine Tempranillo that shows creamy cherry and blackberry fruit on the palate and the long lingering finish. The 2007 vintage was a tough year and the selection for the perfectionist styled Remelluri was severe and it shows in this amazing wine. The nose has lovely floral notes and smoky sweetness along with bramble berry and briar spices leading to a mouthful of sexy fruit. Hints of lavender, pepper, vanilla and soft mineral tones add complexity to the full bodied texture that feels plummy and round. Always a class act, this Remelluri really stands out in a crowd of impressive Spanish wines that are hitting the stores. Drink now and for the next 3 to 5 years, this is an outstanding wine.
($41 Est.) 94 Points, grapelive
Avail. at www.sfwtc.com ($39.95)