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Lindes de Remelluri "Viñedos de Salinillas de Buradón" Rioja '20
"Salinillas de Buradón, a small hamlet of Labastida, are the most northerly vineyards in Rioja and the last to be harvested. Salinillas de Buradón, which takes its name from the nearby ancient salt mines, became an important stop for travelers crossing the Sierra de Cantabria mountains, where they were required to pay a toll. The historic wines of the village eventually disappeared and were only just recovered beginning in the 1980s with plantings of bush-trained tempranillo and garnacha.
The high-elevation mountain vineyards of Salinillas de Buradón consist mostly of small, south-facing plots in the Sierra de Toloño mountains, which protect them from the cold and humidity of the Cantabrian Sea to the north. Located at the northern end of the Basque Rioja Alavesa sub-appellation on the left bank of the Ebro River, Salinillas is influenced by the cool Atlantic climate, providing substantial seasonal and diurnal shifts in temperature, with typically warm, dry summers. Harvest often takes place in late September and early October.
Viñedos de Salinillas de Buradón is made from 4.5ha of south-facing vineyards planted on highly porous quartz salts with bright red ferric clay and blue marl (rare for Rioja) that give the village a unique profile. The village gives serious, stately wines with excellent tension and a strong mineral streak."
"The 2020 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de Salinillas de Buradón, a parish of Labastida, was produced with a blend of 91% Tempranillo, 4% Garnacha and 5% other varieties from south-facing vineyards behind the Sierra de la Cantabria, the last vineyards that they recovered on quartz salt, gypsum and red clay soils. These are the last grapes to be picked, and the wine has 14.22% alcohol but doesn't show any heat. It comes through as serious, shy and austere, a little closed at first. The tannins are a little rustic, but the wine has a strong mineral streak that made it my favorite from the lot. 20,114 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2022. 95 Points, Luís Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate"
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