Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2011 - 750ml

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Rated 92 by Wine Advocate
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. 104,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in the spring of 2015.
92 pts Vinous
“Limpid ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and singed plum, along with building
vanilla and espresso accents. Juicy and supple on the palate, offering concentrated and appealingly
sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Harmonious
tannins add shape and gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-tinged
persistence.”