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Marqués de Riscal

Website : www.marquesderiscal.com

Balancing respect for the past with the demands of the present and an eye for the future is never an easy task – but it helps if your family has been engaged in it for more than 150 years.

There’s continuity at Riscal, with constant family ownership, and the current Marques, Paco Hurtado, is in charge of operations, while his son Luis is winemaker. But there’s also a healthy embrace for the modern, most obviously in the visually ravishing and undeniably avant-garde City of Wine designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Descend into The Cathedral, however, and you’re whisked back to the year of Riscal’s foundation, 1858, making it one of Rioja’s oldest wine houses. In these vaulted cellars slumber wines of every vintage from the winery’s first - 1862 - right through to the present day.

But this long and distinguished history is peppered with a pioneering spirit that verges on the iconoclastic. The winery was also the first to recognise the immense potential of the Rueda region for white wines – its presence there from 1972 predating the establishment of the Rueda DO by more than a decade.

That refusal to rest on reputation persists into 2015, with Riscal introducing a new, paler Rioja Rosado last year to reflect consumer demand. Meanwhile, in top wine Frank Gehry, it displays a willingness to leave the reassurance of the Rioja DOCa behind if the wine demands it. This stunning Tempranillo can’t even be classed as a Reserva under the region’s production rules – but is all the better for it.

Other wines by this producer

  1. 2002 Baron de Chirel Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Intense, dark red colour with a tawny edge.Very attractive, restrained aromas of dark fruits and spices. Full bodied and smooth with soft tannins on the palate leading to toasty notes on the finish.

  2. 2004 Rioja 150th Anniversary Gran Reserva, Riscal

    Marqués de Riscal 150 Aniversario is a dark-cherry coloured wine with brick red hues. Its aroma is complex and balsamic, with burnt wood and hints of spices such as black pepper and cinnamon. It has an oily mouth-feel, with good backbone and concentration of tannins, round and supple with a long, silky finish.

  3. 2007 Finca Torrea, Marques de Riscal

    Cherry red with good depth of colour and few signs of evolution. Intense nose, with hints of dark fruit, spices and slight toasted nuances. Elegant on the palate with good structure, round, long with a fresh, fruity finish.

  4. 2005 Rioja Gran Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Aromas of sun-dried fruit combine with hints of vanilla on the nose. Sweet and savoury sensations fill the mouth, leaving behind a touch of caramel and wild cherries on the finish. Velvety tannins add balance and texture.

  5. 2008 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Dark cherry colour with good depth. Balsamic aromas with hints of ripe fruit. The attack is fresh and light, with soft, rounded tannins. Spicy and complex, the finish is persistent with subtle toasted oak character. Elegant, fresh and easy to drink.

  6. 2006 Baron de Chirel Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    A very intense, black-cherry colour with hardly any signs of evolution. The initial impact on the nose is balsamic and highly complex, opening up to reveal hints of leather, roasted coffee and liqueur nuances. In the mouth it proves warm and smooth, with a very long finish full of sweet sensations thanks to the excellent ripeness of the tannins.

  7. 2013 Blanco Rueda, Marqués de Riscal

    Brilliant straw colour. Superb example of Verdejo varietal wine with a mixture of tropical fruit aromas and hints of fennel and fresh green grass. Refreshing mouthfeel, full bodied with a slight final bitterness which gives it complexity and the very characteristic personality of wines of this variety.

  8. 2011 Viña Collada Rioja, Riscal

    Clear, intense, deep cherry red with a violet hue. The nose is clean, medium intensity and youthful with aromas of strawberries and red cherries. The palate has a medium body with attractive ripe fruit flavours with a delicious savoury character and a hint of toast on the finish.

  9. 2010 Rioja Crianza, Marqués de Arienzo

    This outstandingly reliable wine offers spicy aromas of sweet red berries, a rounded, lush palate and a firm finish. Its balance of acidity; soft tannins and ripe red fruits gives it universal appeal.

  10. 2013 Sauvignon Rueda, Marqués de Riscal

    Pale yellow in colour with hints of green. Very complex nose with abundant fruit (lime, grapefruit, passion fruit and melon), green grass and an underlying minerality that adds personality. Crisp palate, medium-bodied with a clean, long lingering finish.

  11. 2009 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Attractive aromas of cherries and cinnamon are carried through from the nose to the palate. A backbone of refreshing acidity and firm tannin combine with the fruit to produce a wine of sublime balance.

  12. 2013 Limousin Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Light gold colour. Complex and elegant nose with hints of vanilla, honeysuckle and wild fennel. Dense, mouth filling palate, with hints of nuts as well as of toasted wood and an underlying reminiscence
    of fine lees.

  13. 2012 1860 Tempranillo, Marqués de Riscal

    A black-cherry coloured wine with slight violet hues. High aromatic intensity, with aromas of ripe dark fruit, fine smoked notes with toasted aromas coming through. On the palate it is meaty and crisp, with a presence of well-polished tannins. Moderate acidity, with a long, pleasant finish in which the oak can be detected more distinctly.

  14. 2013 Finca Montico Rueda, Riscal

    A bright straw colour with hints of green. The typical aromas of verdejo can be detected on the nose with medium intensity. Fennel, fine herbs, white flowers, pear and nectarine are all evident. The palate is fat and fresh with a round, unctuous character and long finish. Lees ageing and good acidity allow the wine to conserve the varietal aromas leaving a fresh, aromatic and complex wine.

  15. 2014 Blanco Rueda, Marqués de Riscal

    Brilliant straw colour. Superb example of Verdejo varietal wine with a mixture of tropical fruit aromas and hints of fennel and fresh green grass. Refreshing mouthfeel, full bodied with a slight final bitterness which gives it complexity and the very characteristic personality of wines of this variety.

  16. 2014 Sauvignon Rueda, Marqués de Riscal

    Pale yellow in colour with hints of green. Very complex nose with abundant fruit (lime, grapefruit, passion fruit and melon), green grass and an underlying minerality that adds personality. Crisp palate, medium-bodied with a clean, long lingering finish.

  17. 2010 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    A dark cherry colour with good depth. Balsamic aromas with hints of ripe fruit, complex and spicy. The attack is fresh and light, with soft, rounded tannins. The finish proves persistent with some reminders of toasted oak. Its passage through the mouth is pleasant and elegant, fresh and easy to drink.

  18. 2014 Rioja Rosado, Marqués de Riscal

    Lovely strawberry and raspberry aromas mingle with hints of blossom. It is fresh, smooth and balanced with a crisp pleasant finish

  19. 2013 Viña Collada Rioja, Riscal

    Clear, intense, deep cherry red with a violet hue. The nose is clean, medium intensity and youthful with aromas of strawberries and red cherries. The palate has a medium body with attractive ripe fruit flavours with a delicious savoury character and a hint of toast on the finish.

  20. 2011 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    Dark cherry colour with good depth. Balsamic aromas with hints of ripe fruit. The attack is fresh and light, with soft, rounded tannins. Spicy and complex, the finish is persistent with subtle toasted oak character. Elegant, fresh and easy to drink.

  21. 2010 Rioja Reserva, Marqués de Riscal

    A dark cherry colour with good depth. Balsamic aromas with hints of ripe fruit, complex and spicy. The attack is fresh and light, with soft, rounded tannins. The finish proves persistent with some reminders of toasted oak. Its passage through the mouth is pleasant and elegant, fresh and easy to drink.

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