Bodega Martinez Lacuesta, Rioja Reserva 2010
Varietal(s): 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, 5% Mazuelo (Carignan)
About The ProducerBodega Martínez Lacuesta was founded in 1895 in Haro by Félix Martínez Lacuesta – Winemaker, Politician, and Promoter. He was the first president of the National Society of Wine Growers and Wine Producers, and president of the Rioja Wine Union. Also, he represented bodega owners in the establishment of the Rioja D.O. appellation. Along with his brothers Alfonso, Julio, José María, José Crescencio, and Emiliano they formed the beginnings the modern Bodegas Martínez Lacuesta. Today, the bodega remains a family business. It is one of the Hundred-Year-Old Rioja Bodegas.
Terroir & Vineyard Practices:The Bodega’s vineyards are located in Haro (Rioja Alta), on the right bank of the River Ebro. The vines are at an altitude of 400-500 meters above sea level, and the main grape varieties that are raised are Tempranillo, Garnacha (Grenache), and Mazuelo (Carignan).
Tasting NotesThe wine has a ruby-red, cherry color. It is supple and tasty on the pallet with Mature fruits, sweet spices, chocolates, and coffee notes. Highly recommended to accompany white or red meats, fishes with sauce, grilled meats, or vegetables with cream sauces.
VinificationCold maceration of grapes and musts in stainless steel tanks - to extract aromas and color. The wine is then aged in new and used American oak casks for 30 months. It was bottled at the bodega in 2014.
- 92 points - "Editors' Choice" - Wine Enthusiast: "Fine aromas of brandied cherry, spiced plum and earth get this reserva from a great vintage off to an impressive start. The layered palate is lively but showing maturity, while it tastes of black currant, brown sugar and myriad spices. A peppery, chocolaty, dry finish is beyond nice. Drink this well-priced overachiever through 2025."- Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast