Marqués de Riscal Reserva wines are basically made from grapes from tempranillo vines planted before de 70’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 and Mazuelo varieties, whose presence in the blend does not exceed 10%, provide crispness and a lively colour.
Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration time is never more than 12 days. Riscal reservas spend around two years in American Oak barrels, producing a wine which corresponds to the classic Rioja style: fresh, fine, elegant and very suitable for laying down for many years. Before release for sale it spends a minimum of one year rounding off in the bottle; time enough to show how much complexity tempranillo is able to achieve.
Cherry-red colour with good robe. Spicy, balsamic aromas of great complexity, with notes of ripe dark berries and light toasted nuances. On the palate it is full and tasty, with good structure and rounded, elegant tannins. The finish is long and fresh, with a slight reminder of the fine oak.
Ham, mild cheeses, casseroles which are not highly spiced, bean and pulse dishes, poultry, red meat, grills and roasts.
ALCOHOLIC STRENGHT 14,2%
SERVING TEMPERATURE 16/18º
TIME IN BARREL 25 months
To make their Gran Reserva wines, Riscal use grapes from vines over 30 years old, from their own estate vineyards and bought in from associated local growers. Once the wine destined to become a Gran Reserva has been selected, following the coupage of the wines of the new vintage, it is put into American oak casks where it will age for between two and a half and three years. This is followed by a furtherminimum of three years bottle ageing before release for sale.
Deep black-cherry colour, almost opaque. Very elegant, complex nose, with aromas of black fruit and lots of spice. It is smooth and round in the mouth, with tannins which are firm, yet silky and very sweet and which envelop the whole palate. The finish is long, lingering, fresh and balanced with a hint of fine elegant tannins.
Ham, mature cheeses, red meat, all kinds of roast meat and game casseroles.
ALCOHOLIC STRENGHT 14,5%
SERVING TEMPERATURE 16/18º
TIME IN BARREL 32 months
Marqués de Riscal began making rosé wines in the 1960s, using grapes from young Tempranillo vines less than 15 years´ old, at the time of the cellar´s centenary. This rosé is made by the traditional method of bleeding the must, with a concept of classicism and refinement, achieving a delicacy, freshness and smoothness which is rarely found in this type of wines. The fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of between 14ºC and 16ºC In order to obtain great fruitiness.
Wine with an intense, bright, lively raspberry colour. On the nose, it reveals intense aromas of strawberry and raspberry, with a hint of blossom. On the palate it is fresh, glyceric and balanced, with a finish full of pleasant, crisp sensations.
Fish, shellfish, pasta and rice dishes.
ALCOHOLIC STRENGHT 13,7%
SERVING TEMPERATURE 8/10º
Prepared from selected harvests. Dark cherry-red in colour. In the nose, it has elegant, intense fruity aromas. In the mouth, it is well structured, fleshy and flavourful, with a good finish.
It is a good accompaniment to meat dishes, roasts and young cheeses. It should be served at a temperature of around 18ºC.