HACIENDA GRIMON, Rioja Alta Organic principles
Hacienda Grimón is run by the Oliváns, a family with a long winemaking tradition in Rioja. Grimón was established by Paco Grimón who runs the bodega and his brother Eliseo who takes care of the viticulture.
Their 25 hectares of vineyards are based in the Valle de Jubera, a secluded and little known corner of Rioja Alta with a great viticultural history. Viticulture is organic – “always has been here, why would I need certification..?” – With no use of herbicides and pesticides, sheep manure is used as fertilizer. Hand harvesting is employed for all their vineyards. Great care is taken to provide the healthiest grapes of the highest quality, as nearly all the wines will experience extended ageing.
75% of the vineyards are planted to Tempranillo, 15% to Garnacha and 10% to Graciano. Plots range from 10 to 45 years old.
The Reserva is an exceptional wine, the nose slowly opens up to a myriad of dark and red berries, plum, morello cherry, hints vanilla and toast. The palate is intense and complex, loaded with ripe fruit, yet it is juicy, fresh and mineral. At the end, everything finds its place, in perfect harmony and balance.