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Marqués de Riscal is one of the oldest Rioja wineries. Founded in Elciego (Álava) in 1858 by Guillermo Hurtado de Amézaga, the winery has been a reference point at both the national and international levels. The winery itself is literally a work of art, designed and "Wrapped" by Frank Gehry. The winery also features a luxury hotel for guests.
The company produces its wines in two different bodegas located in Elciego (Álava) and Rueda (Valladolid). Marqués de Riscal exports 60% of its production, distributing to more than 80 countries. Marqués de Riscal wines have received the highest international accolades as well as numerous awards and mentions in the critical press.
Marqués de Riscal was the first non-French wine to win the diploma of honor of the Bordeaux Exhibition. This diploma was added to the wine’s label and to this day is represented on the wine bottles with pride. The golden net is used to protect the wine from forgery or tampering.
Finca Torrea is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano that ages for 18 months in French and American oak. The wine label is an abstraction of the famous architecture of the winery building and vineyard plots themselves.
Finca Torrea is different than the wines traditionally produced by Marqués de Riscal. It has a more modern character, with greater fruitiness and fewer balsamic nuances, with a shorter period of cask aging, using French oak casks, and also shorter bottle aging.
Tasting Notes: Red wine. Black-cherry-color, with violet hues which signify youthfulness and good evolution. Intense, concentrated aroma with dark berried fruit (plums, blackberries, and blueberries) which mingle elegantly with the tertiary aromas from the oak aging, bringing out balsamic notes of licorice and eucalyptus, a fine base of caramel and toffee, and a spicy, mineral finish which gives the wine great aromatic complexity. On the palate, it is supple and oily, with a good backbone, in which the taste sensations appear at all times with great finesse and elegance. It has a very pleasant finish, long and lingering with a balsamic, spicy, mineral retronasal sensation that seems to go on and on.
~93 Tim Atkin, MW
Hot-stone, blackberry, blueberry, and lavender aromas follow through to a medium-to-full-bodied palate with fine tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold. ~92JS
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