34 Ratings
Marqués de Riscal Rioja Baron de Chirel Reserva

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Wine Description

(2006 Vintage) Barón de Chirel wine first appeared in 1986 as the result of experimental production using a selection of grapes from very old vines, between 80 and 110 years’ old, with a very low yield and high quality. From the results of these trials would appear what we could say was the precursor of the so-called “new era” of Rioja wines. This wine is produced on a very limited scale and only in the best vintage years, in which the character of the vineyard, the soil and the variety are expressed as part of a single, harmonious whole. Fermentation takes place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC and the maceration period does not exceed 12 days. The malolactic fermentation takes place in small wooden vats with a capacity of 20,000 litres and the wine is then aged for 20 months in Bordeauxstyle barrels made of French oak. Finally, the wine spends a minimum time of a year rounding off in the bottle before being released for sale.

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  • International Wine Cellar
    (2001 Vintage) Deep red. The nose shows darker fruit tones than the 2001 Reserva, with cherry preserve and dark berry aromas complicated by exotic oak spice. Dense and lush, with a chewy quality to the sweet flavors of cherry, plum and dark chocolate. Rich, broad and supple through the sweet, long, ripely tannic finish, with a note of sexy oak emerging. Undeniably delicious; fans of toasty, oaky wines will likely rate this even higher.
  • Wine & Spirits
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 76.2/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06
  • Wine Spectator
    (2001 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/31/05
  • Wine Spectator
    (1986 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/15/94
  • International Wine Cellar
    (1994 Vintage) Full medium ruby. Superripe aromas of plum, cherry skin, meat, cedar and lead pencil. Dense, layered, generous fruit flavors of raspberry and plum complicated by almost peppery wood spices. In a drier style, and a bit aggressive on the back end. I'm not sure why I was sent this bottle as a current release, as I have previously reported on the '95 and '96 Baron de Chirel releases; according to my notes, the subsequent vintages show more old-viney concentration and opulence than this '94.