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Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest wineries in the Rioja region of Spain. Their Reserva is 90% Tempranillo, with the remainder being the lesser known Spanish grapes Graciano and Mazuelo. The Reserva's Tempranillo vines were planted before 1970, making this a complex, well structured wine. It has fine tannis and good acidity along with spice and dark fruits on the palate. This is *the* classic Rioja.
, Dec 2013, 88
The 2008 Reserva seems like a much more serious wine, with fresh notes of cherries, some leather and pepper and a tight palate that reveals good balance, purity of flavors and good length. It should age well, as it has good balance. Drink 2014-2019.
Marques de Riscal purchased the vineyards (300 hectares) and the brand Marques de Arienzo from Pernod-Ricard just before the 2010 harvest (the rest of the vineyards and the winery were acquired by Bodegas Muriel). They have renamed the wine Arienzo de Marques de Riscal, which might be a little confusing for consumers. But the bigger news is that the improvements in viticulture in the last few years can be appreciated in the wines from the 2010 vintage, which I had the chance to preview in a visit to the winery just before joining The Wine Advocate. The style for Marques de Riscal has always been for powerful wines that were bottled and released much earlier than the rest of wines from Rioja following the Bordeaux model.
, Feb 2014, 85
Cherry, coffee and dried herb flavors mingle in this light, firm red, kept fresh through the floral finish by orange peel acidity. Drink now. 50,000 cases imported.–TM
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