Marques de Riscal Rioja Gran Reserva 1998

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

Item No. 87980
  • red wine
  • WE90
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Winemaker's Notes

Aroma: Fleeting aroma of raisiny fruit spreading over a balsamic base with oak coming through.
Color: Dominated by a red colour with a slight hint of brick red.
Palate: Intense balsamic attack on the front part of the palate. No further sensation but a remaining tingle of tannin around the edge of the tongue and intense roasted coffee underneath it. Very prolonged, lingering sensations.

In the production of gran reserva wines, Riscal uses grapes from old vines over 30 years of age, either from its own production or acquired from reliable local wine growers. Having selected the wine for gran reserva, following the unification of the vintage, the wine passes to American oak barrels where it will remain for between two and a half and three years, plus a further three years in bottle before its release onto the market.

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Wines of the Herederos de Marqués de Riscal has always been a leading and pioneering company in the wine producing sector. In 1858, it became the first winery in the Rioja to produce wines following the Bordeaux method and in 1972, it was the first winery to promote the Rueda Designation of Origin, where it produced its famous Marqués de Riscal white wines.

Marqués de Riscal sells its products in over 70 countries and its wines have enjoyed the highest international distinctions as well as numerous awards and mentions in the media.

Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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