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93 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($89) (garnacha blanca, viura, roussanne, marsanne and viognier, fermented and aged in large oak casks): Bright yellow. Smoky pear and nectarine aromas are complemented by chalky minerals, toasty lees and iodine. Supple, deeply pitched orchard fruit and melon flavors stain the palate, picking up bitter citrus zest and ginger qualities on the back end. Turns firmer and more minerally with air, finishing with excellent lift, thrust and smoky persistence. I really like the fact that this wine has moved away from the overt oakiness it frequently showed in past vintages, and I now consider it to be among the top white wines in all of Spain.

92 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de Labastida Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($33) Bright violet color. Ripe cherry and blackberry on the highly perfumed nose, with a sexy floral nuance adding complexity. Fleshy and seamless on the palate, offering sweet red and dark berry flavors with hints of vanilla and smoky minerals. Closes smooth, sweet and very long, with excellent clarity and spicy persistence. Very suave wine with the balance to age but also with the upfront fruit to make it quite attractive now.

92 Points
2011 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vicente Rioja
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($33) Bright violet color. Aromas of ripe dark berries, cherry-cola, anise and pipe tobacco, with subtle vanilla and woodsmoke nuances in the background. Fleshier and rounder than the Labastida bottling but in no way lacking for vivacity. Silky tannins give shape to the long, sappy finish, which features sexy floral pastille and spicecake qualities.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Reserva
Josh Raynolds, IWC (Vinous), Sept/Oct 2014

($42) Vivid ruby. Red berries, cherry pit and potpourri on the pungent, spice-accented nose. Sappy and concentrated, offering vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors that become sweeter with air and take a turn toward darker fruits. Shows excellent focus and thrust on the persistent finish, which features silky tannins and a seductive floral pastille quality. I'd love to taste this wine and its elegant '09 sibling side-by-side in another five years.

94 Points
2005 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Gran Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($80) Deep ruby.  An exotically perfumed bouquet displays scents of red fruit compote, candied rose, vanilla, incense and smoky minerals.  Sweet, penetrating raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors show superb depth and energy, picking up smoke and spice nuances with air.  Supple, expansive and alluringly spicy on the finish, which features velvety tannins and an echo of rose pastille.

93 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($80) Light, bright gold.  Explosive aromas of candied citrus fruits, sweet butter, iodine and fennel, with a sexy floral overtone.  Fleshy and concentrated but lively, offering intense orange, poached pear, buttered toast and smoky mineral flavors.  Reminds me a lot of a high-end Meursault.  Closes spicy and very long, with lingering tangerine and mineral notes.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de Labastida Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Saturated ruby.  Blackcurrant, smoky minerals and potpourri on the highly perfumed nose.  Silky and sweet on entry, then packed with juicy dark fruit complicated by floral pastilles and a hint of blood orange.  Powerful but lithe, with seamless texture, fine-grained tannins and impressive energy on the finish.

92 Points
2010 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Vinedos de San Vicente Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Glass-staining ruby.  Heady aromas of boysenberry, cassis, fennel and pipe tobacco, with a sexy vanilla undertone.  Lush, velvety and sweet in the mouth, with sexy flavors of black and blue fruit preserves, licorice and floral pastilles.  A fleshy, powerful but shockingly energetic Rioja, with supple tannins framing a long, sweet finish.

92 Points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Reserva
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

Deep ruby.  Sexy, floral- and mineral-accented red fruit aromas pick up a smoky nuance with air.  Lithe and precise, offering sweet raspberry and cherry flavors that gain weight and power in the glass.  Very young but promising, with excellent finishing clarity and sweet, gently tannic persistence.  Shows an impressively graceful character for the vintage.

91 Points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Lindes de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #170, Sept/Oct 2013 - Josh Raynolds

($32) (a blend of tempranillo, garnacha, graciano and viura; aged for 12 months in a combination of French and American oak):  Bright purple.  Rich, smoky aromas of ripe cherry and blueberry are complicated by suggestions of vanilla and candied rose.  Bright and focused on the palate, offering spicy blackcurrant and floral pastille flavors and strong mineral bite.  Juicy cassis and black raspberry flavors linger on the smooth, persistent finish.  Nicely balanced and focused, with supple tannins that fade into the sweet fruit. 

93 points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja Blanco
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($80) (made from a blend of garnacha blanca, roussanne, marsanne, viognier, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, moscatel and petit courbut):  Bright yellow.  A heady, complex bouquet evokes candied citrus fruits, pear skin, honey, vanilla and ginger, with a spicy overtone.  Deeply pitched orange and poached pear flavors show very good breadth and are braced and lifted by tangy acidity.  Closes on a gently sweet note, with impressive power and lingering spiciness.  This wine is delicious now but it also has the concentration to reward mid-term cellaring.

92 points
2008 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($38) (mostly tempranillo, with garnacha, graciano, viura and malvasia):  Ruby-red.  Redcurrant, cherry, rose pastille and spicecake on the highly perfumed nose and in the mouth.  Silky, sweet and penetrating, with slow-building tannins and excellent finishing cut and length.  A very successful wine for this difficult vintage, and it's built to reward at least another ten years of aging.

91 points
2009 Granja Nuestra Senora de Remelluri Lindes de Remelluri Rioja
International Wine Cellar, #164, Sept./Oct. 2012 - Josh Raynolds

($32) Bright ruby-red.  Sexy, floral-accented aromas of candied red fruits, cherry-cola and Asian spices, with slow-building tobacco and licorice nuances.  Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet cherry and black raspberry flavors and a touch of cracked pepper.  Finishes with very good energy and length, leaving floral and cola notes behind.

From Dr. Vino

Telmo Rodriguez uncorks terroir in Rioja
April 10, 2012

Dr. Vino talks with Telmo Rodriguez of Remelluri. Read the blog post to see Telmo's views on Rioja and its wines.