Such a deep yet complex and sophisticated nose showing discretion perfume and finesse. A hint of violet extract to the black cherries crushed blueberries and cocoa powder aromas together with Spanish cigars that slowly evolve to truffle black pepper incense and freshly chopped herbs. Juicy yet really composed and dry with medium to full body and abundant immaculately fine-grained tannins that unwind evenly on the palate. A style that is restrainedly plush and refined showing superb precision cohesion and length when you give it enough time in your glass. If Las Beatas is the fine Burgundy then this would be Telmo Rodriguez?s Rioja answer to world-class Bordeaux. Decant it to let the complexity come through. Drink through the next 20 plus years.
Since this wine launched its inaugural vintage last September I have visited the vineyard which is tucked in a 3.8ha limestone-dominant corner of the bigger Remelluri estate. You feel the fragrant herbs of the surrounding hills in the wine breathing proof of terroir into the glass. It means I have tasted this vintage both from barrel at the estate and now in bottle and it confirms that this is an extremely special wine. The 2018 is now four years since harvest and still has the raspberry violet blush of a young wine. The fragrance hits you as soon as you wave your nose over the glass with freshly cut rosemary sage and tarragon al
The second vintage by oenologist-winemaker Telmo Rodriguez the 3.8-hectare single-vineyard cuvÃ©e from the limestone foothills of the Sierra de ToloÃ±o in Rioja Alavesa made from a massal selection of Tempranillo Graciano Garnacha Granegro and Rojal. Heady and seductive nose full and ripe darkly fruited with a sweet vanilla caramel tone. Full round and mouthfilling this is gorgeous. It's generous so you get lots of flavour in the mouth and the tannins are present just fleshy and plump yet this retains a sense of style and grace. It's bold and powerful no doubt with clear concentration but stops short of being too much. Sweet salty dark fruited with chew and grip all presented with such detail. You can feel a sense of sculpting it has muscles and sinew pulsing energy and a vitality that is thrilling and nicely counters the ripe fruit aspects. I like the clarity to the finish it really leaves you wanting more. Characterful and contemplative.
The second vintage of the top-of-the-range 2018 Yjar was produced with Tempranillo Garnacha Graciano and other grapes from selected plots from Remelluri. It has 14.6% alcohol and a pH of 3.45. This has a more modern profile than the other wines from Remelluri with more sophisticated tannins a wine that is different ripe and powerful with the depth of the Remelluri wines. It's spicy and peppery long and chewy with a long finish marked by the limestone from the soils. 5700 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2021
The 2018 YJAR is a blend of Tempranillo Garnacha Graciano Granegro and Rojal from a single vineyard of 3.5 ha in Rioja and made by Telmo Rodriguez. Medium garnet-purple colored it zips out of the glass with vibrant notions of cracked black pepper redcurrants and wild blueberries followed by hints of Morello cherries garrigue dried sage and red roses. Medium to full-bodied the palate delivers intense beautifully pure red black and blue fruit layers framed by ripe fine-grained tannins and fantastic tension leading to a long and perfumed finish on this gorgeous wine. 5988 bottles were made.