Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

Posted by Keith Wallace

Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja
Bodega Montecillo 2010 Reserva Rioja

One of the first wineries in Rioja. Well, other than the medieval farmers who aged their wines in gutted-out pig skins. Located in the Rioja Alta region, Montecillo is an important cornerstone in the history of winemaking.  One of the unique elements of the winery, adopted throughout the region, is building its own barrels, using only oak from French wine barrels.

The scent of burnt earth and sage is framed with sweet cherry and licorice.  The palate is fresh and vibrant, moving slowly toward graphite and lead pencil. An old-school element of balsamic is in the background but never interferes with the prettiness evoked in this wine.

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