ABOUT THIS WINE
2014 was a highwire act, with challenging weather providing the conditions to produce an exceptional and complex wine. Rainfall was a defining characteristic of the vintage. A very long and humid winter followed by a mild and relatively dry spring resulted in a good bud break thanks to the winter water reserve. A good vegatative cycle and a warm and dry summer signaled an easy year; however, September was something different. Abundant rainfall coupled with high temperatures, as well as many foggy mornings, provided the perfect environment for botrytis, which resulted in a minor loss of fruit and further reduced yields. These damages were minor at Remelluri due to the altitude and aeration of the vines, and thanks to the intensive work in the vineyards of shoot-thinning and leaf removal. 2014 was a year where expertise in the Remelluri vineyard resulted in an exceptionally well-balanced, harmonious, and cinematic wine with incredible aging potential. Grapes were hand-harvested October 12 through October 24th.
All of the grapes are hand-selected in estate vineyards. The must is fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel tanks and old, open-top foudres. It is then aged 21 months in foudres and barrels of various sizes, followed by more than five years of bottle aging in the Remelluri cellar. Made with low intervention, unfiltered, and with minimal sulfur at bottling.
ABOUT THIS PRODUCER
Remelluri was founded by monks in the 14th Century, although there is evidence dating even farther back of wine being made on these premises. The vines changed hands a number of times over the years before being purchased by Jaime Rodriguez in 1967. In 2010, Jaime’s son and daughter, Telmo and Amaia Rodríguez, took the reins of the estate and set about making a series of changes to showcase the potential and diversity of Remellur’s different terroirs, and ultimately reclaim Rioja’s viticultural history. The first major change was to cut down the production of Remelluri wines by one third, restricting it to wines produced from the estate’s own grapes. The two wines made from grapes grown in the surrounding villages are now sold under the label ‘Las Lindes de Remelluri’, and are identified each by their village of origin: Labastida and San Vicente de la Sonsierra. As a nod to Rioja’s historic viticultural traditions, they have begun moving the Garnacha from trellis to bush-grown vines and will be working increasingly with mixed field plantings. Although Remelluri has always eschewed chemical treatments in the vineyard, 2010 marked the year of the estate’s full organic certification. Work in the winery plays a secondary role in Telmo’s philosophy, but great care is taken to make sure that each bottle reflects the terruño of the region: wines are fermented with native yeasts, each plot is vinified separately, new oak is used very scarcely and the wines are very lightly filtered and fined.
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