Bodegas Remirez de Ganuza Reserva 2011
It is the flagship of the winery and perfect reflection of its philosophy. It is elaborated with the shoulders of the best clusters from vineyards older than 60 years old. - Winemaker's Notes
There are more Mediterranean aromas in the 2011 Reserva, and the fruit feels riper and the wine more developed, as you can expect from a very warm year like 2011. It's full-bodied, and there are some dusty tannins that make it all the way to the finish. This is a ripe and powerful vintage that needs powerful food. However, I'd drink this sooner rather than later, as I'm not sure if the fruit would dry out before the tannins are fully resolved.WA92
Established in 1989, Bodegas Remírez de Ganuza, sprang from a personal bet made by its founder, Fernando Remírez de Ganuza.
From the outset the idea has been the same: to ensure a rigorous grape sorting process and then minimal interference in the preparation of the wine. In this way we can be as true as possible both to the vintage and the vineyard.
The business originally developed by Fernando in the 1970s and 1980s in Rioja Alavesa, involved the buying and selling of former vineyards. This meant he had the knowledge to select the most suitable plots in the region to carry out his new project.
Over the years, new techniques have been introduced for crafting and ageing wines making Remírez de Ganuza both innovative and pioneering producers. Innovation has been a particular feature with new improvements being incorporated regularly to raise the quality of the wines produced. These improvements include sorting tables, cold rooms and the use of new barrels for the ageing of the wines. The innovations may well have been widely adopted by other internationally renowned producers but this was certainly not the case when Remírez de Ganuza first used them. Other procedures like the bag used for the extraction of the Trasnocho wine or the machine used to wash the grapes in their own must are examples of the continuous process of innovation and the search for excellence which are hallmarks of Remírez de Ganuza.
In 2010 Jose Ramon Urtasun joined the enterprise started by Fernando thus setting in motion a new phase for Bodegas Remirez de Ganuza