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Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva DOCa 2013 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92 & #25 Top 100 Wines 2020]
Bodegas Montecillo Rioja Reserva DOCa 2013 (Rioja, Spain) - [WS 92 & #25 Top 100 Wines 2020]


 
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Winery: Montecillo
Varietal: 90% Tempranillo, 7% Mazuelo, 3% Garnacha
Region: Rioja, Spain
Vintage: 2013
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: MONTECILLORIOJARSV13-W
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Notes from the Winemaker:
Each varietal is harvested and vinified separately. Vatted at low temperature for pre-fermentative maceration, bleeding off the tank prior to the commencement of alcoholic fermentation at 26ºC, and once finished, post-fermentative maceration, adding up to a total of 18 days of skin contact.
Mazuelo and Garnacha are fermented separately in small tanks with continuous pumping-over and maceration over 20 days with the skins. These three varieties undergo controlled malolactic fermentation in underground cement tanks and then are later aged in handcrafted French and American oak barrels (65%-30%) with a special medium toast to add more sweetness in what was a “cool” year. The wine remains in barrel for 24 months, with rigorous racking to keep it in perfect condition. Once blended and bottled, it remains in the cellar for at least 24 months to achieve greater complexity.

Tasting Notes:
Strikingly clean, vibrant cherry red.

Aroma and Palate:
On the nose it is intense, harmonious, direct and noble. Notes of cinnamon, touches of mahogany and candied red fruits intertwine with a background of wild herbs. It is elegant and lively on the palate. Balanced acidity with mature, enveloping tannins that make it very enjoyable. An aftertaste of red fruits underscored with notes of caramel toffee. Long and very lively.

Food Pairing:
The perfect accompaniment to red grilled or barbequed meats, stews and slightly chilly dishes. Fresh yet complex pairs beautifully with a broad range of cheeses.

Ratings and Reviews

92 Points & #25 of Top 100 Wines 2020, Smart Buys - Wine Spectator:
"This plump red offers mulled cherry and plum flavors, with notes of cinnamon, sandalwood and cedar. Light tannins are well-integrated, while orange peel acidity keeps this fresh and focused. Harmonious and generous. Tempranillo, Mazuelo and Garnacha. Drink now through 2028." - TM (Mar 31, 2020)


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