2011 Compania Bodeguera Valenciso Reserva, Rioja (750ml)

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Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Grape Varietal: Tempranillo
Review Score: 92WA, 92JS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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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. 104,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in the spring of 2015.

92 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 235 - Feb 2018)

A powerful and rich, maturing Rioja with an elegant balance of polished tannins and lively blackberries and blueberries. If the fresh finish was a bit longer, this would rate even higher. Drink or hold.

92 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)