Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva 2012
The 2012 Bodegas Fernando Remirez de Ganuza Rioja Reserva is a glass-coating opaque purple color. A floral perfume, with mineral, spice, and black fruit elements. Dense & packed, this structured but impeccably balanced offering will evolve for 10 years & have a 30+ year lifespan.
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2012 was a hot dry year in Rioja, but there's no sign of it in this serious, concentrated but well-balanced cuvée of Tempranillo with 5% each of Graciano and white grapes. The new wood, which can be assertive when the wine is young, has integrated well with time. Plush black fruit flavors are complemented by fresh tobacco and vanilla notes, savory tannins and underlying acidity. 2020-28
In Remirez de Ganuza, one works with fifty hectares of tempranillo (90%) and graciano (10%) located in privileged enclaves of the Alava vineyard.
The deciding factors to obtain a great wine are: the habitat, the microclimate, the direction of the parcels, the low productivity of the stocks and teh age of the vineyard.
The winery is located in the same center of the beautiful town of Samaniego. The splendid big rambling house includes an apple of buildings and is equipped with modern reinforced concrete structures covered with stone of ashlar masonry of between about two or three hundred years of antiquity.
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.