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Montecillo Reserva

An elegant red wine from Rioja Alta with two years in oak barrels
75 cl.
2016
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Details
Alcohol 13.50%
Production area La Rioja
Designation D.O.Ca. Rioja
Winery Montecillo
Contains sulphites
Varieties 92% Tempranillo, 8% mazuelo
Service 15.0
Volume 75 cl.
Tasting notes

Red wine Reserva. 24 months in French and American oak barrels and 22 months in French and American oak barrels.

Montecillo Reserva 2016 unveils its distinguished personality and a spicy character. On the nose, it unfurls scents of cinnamon and an array of ripe red fruits such as cherries and raspberries, beckoning one to indulge in the initial taste. On the palate, its maturity is expressed through robust flavors and a formidable structure, yet it retains a graceful poise. This red wine demonstrates a harmony between its slightly hearty body and the intensity of its flavors, culminating in a gratifying and rich tasting experience.

Style Montecillo Reserva
Fruity
Spicy
Young
Barrel
Light
Body
Pairing
Red meat, Charcuterie, Cured cheeses

About Montecillo Reserva

Boasting over 145 years of history, Montecillo unquestionably stands as the premier winery of Fuenmayor and the third oldest in La Rioja. The architect of its success was Celestino Navajas Matute, who in 1870 established the winery's first facilities in this village in the Rioja Alta region, in the north of Spain, not far from the Ebro River, an area steeped in winemaking tradition. With a remarkable vision for his time, he sent his son Alejandro to study in Bordeaux. Upon his return, Alejandro purchased the Montecillo estate, which would become the heart of the family business. However, the fate of Montecillo would remain intertwined with this family for only one more generation, as José Luis Navajas (Alejandro's son and Celestino's grandson) had no offspring. Consequently, in 1973 Montecillo was acquired by Osborne.

Since then, the story of Montecillo has been penned by these prestigious bodegas from El Puerto de Santa María, where their operations revolve around several key principles: utmost respect for the vineyard, selection of the finest grapes, and quality aging processes. To this end, Montecillo continues to maintain a strong connection with local viticulturists, experts in the terroir, enabling the winery to extract the highest quality from the 800 plots they oversee in the Rioja Alta. The outcome is a selection of elegant, age-worthy wines that defy time, such as Montecillo Reserva, a red wine composed of tempranillo grapes (averaging 30 years old) with a small percentage of mazuelo (over 50 years old).

In Montecillo Reserva, both varieties are vinified separately. Following the harvest of the tempranillo (grown in chalky clay soils) and the mazuelo (in sandy soils), the grapes arrive at the winery. The tempranillo begins its journey with a bleeding process followed by a pre-fermentative maceration of 3 days (under an inert carbonic snow atmosphere), which prepares it for fermentation in Ganimede® tanks at a controlled temperature of 26 °C. The tempranillo will then be ready after a post-fermentative maceration of 1 week with the skins and a 24-month aging period in French and American oak barrels. Concurrently, the mazuelo ferments in stainless steel tanks. After a gravity decanting, this variety is transferred to underground cement tanks to undergo malolactic fermentation and then aged for 22 months in French and American oak barrels.

Following the final blending, Montecillo Reserva will rest for at least two years in the bottle before its release.

2016

Montecillo Reserva 2016 unveils its distinguished personality and a spicy character. On the nose, it unfurls scents of cinnamon and an array of ripe red fruits such as cherries and raspberries, beckoning one to indulge in the initial taste. On the palate, its maturity is expressed through robust flavors and a formidable structure, yet it retains a graceful poise. This red wine demonstrates a harmony between its slightly hearty body and the intensity of its flavors, culminating in a gratifying and rich tasting experience.

2014

Montecillo Reserva 2014 is an elegant red wine. The nose is complex and very rich, with a very marked evolution from the first notes of wood to red fruit and mineral notes. The palate is silky, with polished and velvety tannins. Well balanced. Long finish.

2015
91 Suckling
2014
90 Peñín
91 Suckling

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