Since the beginning of my exporting career I have long dreamt of having my own small "bodega", where I could make a few bottles of wine of the best quality possible. Briones, in the heart of the Rioja Alta, gathered all the conditions I was looking for: old steep vineyards of Tempranillo grapes, chalky soil and a climate showing a marked Atlantic influence. Declared a town of historic and artistic merit, Briones is where we decided to site our bodega.
Now, as one of the smallest wineries in Spain, our wines are among the most prestigious in the country, and we are exporting them to over twenty markets. With the recent incorporation of my son Miguel and his wife Erika we are encouraged to grow, not in quantity, but in improving our style. We want to continue to enjoy our wine-making.
All our vineyards are located in slopes of our town, Briones. They were planted between 1929 and 2001, in diverse types of soil and different sun exposures. All of them are harvested by hand and their grapes transported in small crates so that they arrive to the winery in the best conditions. Once there, all the bunches are checked again in the sorting table. The selected grapes are sent to the vats through a peristaltic system, where fermentation will take place at controlled temperature.
MIGUEL MERINO RESERVA
Balance and harmony are the key of a good Reserva wine. Nothing must be missing, but nothing should outstand: fruit, intensity, structure, longitude and personality must play in unison as a good orchestra. And that is what we look for with this wine made from vineyards planted in the 60’s.
MIGUEL MERINO RESERVA 2016
· Vines of Tempranillo and Graciano (4%) planted in the 1960s in Briones.
· Two years in 28 barrels (70% new) made with American oak staves and French oak heads.
· 7,380 bottles and 378 mágnum
MIGUEL MERINO GRAN RESERVA
Only in the great vintages we select the best bunches from our oldest vines to make our Gran Reserva, a wine of great elegance, subtle but intense and persistent.
MIGUEL MERINO GRAN RESERVA 2016
· Vines of Tempranillo and Graciano (4%) planted in the 1950s and 1960s in Briones.
· Three years in 15 new barrels of French oak.
· 3,656 bottles and 378 mágnum
Vitola Reserva comes from vines planted in slopes facing Northwest in the seventies. Their altitude and sun exposure let us make this subtle, deep and balanced reserva wine.
MIGUEL MERINO VIÑAS JÓVENES
Old vines do not live forever. In order to have access to such special vines in the future as we do today, we needed to start working on younger vineyards as well. With their grapes we make our Miguel Merino Viñas Jóvenes.
MIGUEL MERINO VIÑAS JÓVENES 2020
· Vines of Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha planted in the 1990s and 2000s in Briones.
· 12 months in second-use barrels, previously used for our reservas.
· 16.500 botellas y 503 mágnum
LA QUINTA CRUZ MAZUELO
One of the very few wines in Rioja made only with Mazuelo grapes, and the only single-vineyard one. The hard conditions of our Quinta Cruz Vineyard (steep slope, poor pebblely soil) give us some very singular grapes to make this special wine that changes enormously from one vintage to another.
LA QUINTA CRUZ MAZUELO 2019
· 100% Mazuelo from La Quinta Cruz vineyard, planted in 1986 in Briones.
· Twelve months in two 500-litre French oak barrels and in a 1.300 litre concrete tank.
· 2,960 bottles.
LA LOMA MIGUEL MERINO
La Loma is a vineyard of 1’4 hectares planted in 1946 with Tempranillo and Garnacha. Since 2015 we ferment their grapes alone, making a unique wine.
LA LOMA MIGUEL MERINO 2019
· La Loma was planted in Briones with Tempranillo and Garnacha in 1946.
· Twelve months in three 500-litre French oak barrels and 1 225l barrel of Austrian oak.
· 2,186 bottles.
La Ínsula is a tiny little spot planted ungrafted with Garnacha before the Phylloxera attack of the end of the XIX Century. It is planted on a sand bank by the River Ebro, in Briones. We harvested its grapes in 2019 for the first time, just to fill a 500-litre oak barrel.
Miguel Merino BLANCO
Miguel Merino Blanco comes from two very special vineyards: Mingortiz (0’2 hectares planted with Viura in 1977) and La Loma (planted with Garnacha Blanca in 1946).
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Carretera de Logroño, 16. 26330 Briones. La Rioja.