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Marques de Riscal ‘Baron de Chirel’ 2016

Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are made from grapes from Tempranillo vines planted before 1970's, grown in the best clay-limestone soils of the Rioja Alavesa. This variety withstands oak- and bottle ageing well thanks to its good balance of acidity and fine tannin. The Graciano variety, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour.

 

Nose: An enormously expressive wine with great aromatic intensity of small, ripe, black fruits ( blueberries, blackcurrants, cassis, damsons, cherries in liqueur), graphite and mineral notes from the terroir, liquorice, subtle hints of blue flowers (violets), woodland undergrowth (moss and fallen leaves). Reminiscent of autumn when the leaves fall. Hot spices like cloves and black pepper, cocoa and tobacco, all extremely well defined. A slight touch of leather at first, which disappears when left to breathe. The wood is perfectly integrated.

Palate: A powerful, dense, very rich attack. It combines sensations of volume, structure and richness with a silky texture which never ends. Lively tannins, discernible but ripe and which will become more polished with time. Very, very long and persistent, elegant with magnificent acidity which augurs well for great ageing. The fruit is present, and also the blue flowers. It reveals many nuances which have yet to blend together. Great wines reveal their making right from their youth and promise a life lasting decades.

Finish: Barón de Chirel
2016 continues to improve for days with the bottle opened. We have been able to see how, on the day after it was opened, fresher aromas of wild red fruit appear: strawberries and raspberries. The attack is gentler and it has a softer mouth feel. It is a wine which can be left opened, if kept in 97 the right conditions, for 3 or 4 days, during which not only does it not lose its essence, but rather it gains in complexity, in balance, both on the nose and on the palate, and it becomes more rounded.