The insanely valued, centenaria wines from Marqués de Tomares are the perfect expressions of traditional Rioja that is still fresh, fruit forward and beautifully balanced. With a family grape growing history since 1886, Don Román Montaña founded the winery Marqués de Tomares in 1910, and it is still operated by his grandchildren who continue to maintain the wineries tradition both in the winery and in the estate’s vineyards. With nearly 106 hectares of family owned vineyards, many of which more than 100 years old. Nose of barrel influenced leather, spice, rustic char/graphite, crusty bread. There’s a garrigue-y thing going on, even wild thyme. Creamy red fruit on palate, moderate acid, good grip, tannins are rustic but clearly polished by time in bottle. This is a really good, complex bottle of Reserva Rioja, void of coconut and anything apparent or expected.
- Brand:Marques De Tomares
- Region:Alta, 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 harvest
- Soil:Calcareous clay, alluvial silt
- Vineyard Size:The family owns 106 ha, spotted in Rioja Alta and Alavesa
- Vine Age (year planted):60-100 year old vines
- 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:No filtration
- Sustainable Practice:sustainable, non certified