Remirez de Ganuza Fincas de Ganuza Rioja Riserva Tempranillo, Graciano 2010 ~ Rioja, Spain
90/100 Wine Enthusiast
92/100 Wine Spectator
92/100 Guia Penin
95/100 Guia Repsol
93/100 Tom Cannavan (2006 Vintage)
91/100 Tim Atkin (2008 Vintage)
90/100 Wine Enthusiast (2008 Vintage)
91/100 Guia Penin (2008 Vintage)
93/100 Guis Penin (2007 Vintage)
Bronze - The TEXSOM International Wine Awards (2008 Vintage)
Wine Spectator "This big red is deep and focused, delivering fresh black cherry and plum flavors backed by licorice, tobacco and loamy earth notes, with firm, well-integrated tannins giving way to a floral and smoky finish. Drink now through 2025."
Wine Enthusiast "Its plum, berry and vanilla flavors finish with shrill acidity, hard, choppy tannins and long-lasting dark berry notes. Drink through 2028."
The Winemaker "Dense and intense. Partner with a slow cooked Moroccan spiced lamb dish or a cheeseboard loaded with the ripest you can find!"
Pop Up Wine "This Rioja is seriously amazing. Very few wines out there deserve the lofty praise they receive, but this wine honestly sets the standard to follow. It's in a price bracket reserved for drinking on only the most special of occasions, but compared to some of the world's greatest wines (Latour, DRC etc.) it's also a bit of a bargain. Layered aromas include black fruits, minerals, spices and grilled bread. The wonderfully structured palate starts BIG but as it breathes delivers more and more with each sip."
Fernándo Remírez de Ganuza is one of the most well known characters in Rioja. A former Rioja wine broker, Fernándo established his eponymous bodega in 1989, using his contacts and knowledge to invest in 70 hectares of the best vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa: Samaniego, Leza, Elciego and Laguardia.
In Remirez de Ganuza, they work with fifty hectares of Tempranillo (90%) and Graciano (10%) situated in truly privileged enclaves of the Alaves vineyards. The winery's winemaking philosophy inclines towards modernism with 80% French and 20% American all new oak.The estate's top wine is the Fincas de Ganuza, as designated by the red and yellow label.
The vineyard's vine stocks have an average age of sixty years, with the youngest being thirty years old and oldest, ninety-six.
Rioja Alavesa is the smallest of the three wine-producing sub-regions in Rioja, Spain. It is situated to the north of the River Ebro, straddling the La Rioja region and the Alava province within the autonomous community of the Pais Vasco (Basque Country).
Tempranillo is a red grape variety which forms the backbone of some of the finest wines from Spain and Portugal. Almost every red wine from Rioja and Ribera del Duero has Tempranillo at its core, and in Portugal the variety is widely used in the Douro Valley – under the name Tinta Roriz – both for table wines and fortified wines (Port). Tempranillo vines have been successfully adopted in the New World, especially in California, Argentina and Australia.