Solar Amézola Gran Reserva Rioja
By Pete's Provisions
WHY WE LOVE THIS WINE
85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo & 5% Graciano. Long ageing in oak barrels and some more years in the bottle express themselves with an impressive variety of flavours: vanilla, chocolate, cinnamon, coconut, honey and yeast pastries, as well as marzipan. The fruit is discreet, with bergamot, dried prunes and dates. On the palate, it presents itself with refreshing elegance, slender and juicy.
ABOUT THE WINERY
Bodegas Amézola de la Mora, established in the mid-19th Century, is one of Rioja’s oldest and finest wine estates. Restored in the early 1980s by brothers Iñigo and Javier Amézola, this estate is extremely unusual (for Rioja) in that it owns all of its vines. The estate encompasses 60 ha of mature vines overlooking the confluence of the Najerilla and Ebro Rivers in the heart of Rioja Alta.
Following the tragic death of their winemaker father, Iñigo’s daughters María and Cristina have guided the property, capably assisted by winemaking consultant Georges Pauli, who served previously as head enologist at Château Gruaud-Larose and other fine French estates. At the time the sisters took over the winery they were the youngest wine-producers in Rioja.
Despite their youth, their enthusiasm and high diligence to producing wines of the highest quality have since earned them huge respect amongst their peers and wine aficionados. The prestigious and influential wine critic Robert M. Parker, recently classified Rioja’s Iñigo Amézola (92pts) and Viña Amézola (90pts) as “outstanding”.