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2011 Compania Bodeguera Valenciso Reserva Rioja DOCa Spain

$34.99 USD $39.29 USD

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The elegant and balanced 2011 Reserva, cropped from a warm and dry year, was produced exclusively with Tempranillo grapes from the Haro region that were fermented uncrushed in concrete vats, including malolactic. The wine matured for 18 months in 90% French barriques and 10% oak barrels that, for the first time, were produced with oak from the Caucasus, which they like for its fine grain. There's black rather than red fruit here and some notes of licorice and ink with a touch of leather, a quite powerful and ripe vintage for this bottling. It has abundant, fine-grained tannins and a long, dry finish.

92 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

This smells and tastes like the food you might encounter at dinner in Rioja, from spicy piquillo peppers to grilled lamb chops. Those animal and vegetal notes meet enough berry fruit to create a complex traditional style of Rioja with the tight, rosy scent of black tea.

92 Points Wine & Spirits