Marqués de Tomares' centenarian wines epitomize traditional Rioja at its finest; they are bright, fruity, and perfectly balanced. Don Román Montaa established the winery Marqués de Tomares in 1910; his grandchildren now run the business and keep up the family legacy of growing grapes on the estate, which dates back to 1886. With over 106 hectares of vineyards, many of which are more than a century old and are held by a single family. Nose of barrel-influenced leather, spice, rustic char/graphite, and crusty bread. There's something garrigue-y going on here, even wild thyme. Creamy red fruit on the palate, moderate acidity, good grip, rustic tannins that have clearly been polished by time in bottle. This is a truly fine, sophisticated bottle of Rioja Reserva, devoid of coconut and anything obvious or anticipated.
- Brand:Marques De Tomares
- Sub-Region:Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa
- Varietal:80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Viura
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- Climate:The subregions of Rioja Alta and Alavesa have a stronger Atlantic influence. Dry and Colder in Alavesa, more humid and softer temperatures in Rioja Alta
- Harvest Technique:Hand harvested
- Soil:Calcareous soils
- Vineyard Size:The family owns 106 ha, spotted in Rioja Alta and Alavesa
- Vine Age (year planted):1910
- Fermentation:Fruit is destemmed, and allowed to go through native fermentation with twice daily pump-overs favored over punch-downs to retain freshness. The 3% Viura is co- fermented with Mazuelo as it is co-planted
- Elevage:It is aged in 90% French, 10% American Oak for 18 months, then aged in bottle for 30 months before release.
- Winemaker Name:Marcos Lojo
- Finning & Filtration:None
- Producer Website:https://www.laluzselections.com/marqus-de-tomares