2011 Compania Bodeguera Valenciso Reserva (750ml)

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain
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Review Score: 93WA, 92V, 92W&S, 92JS
Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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I was quite pleasantly surprised by the 2011 Reserva, a wine from an extremely warm year when ripe and excessively developed wines abound. This 2011 seems to have improved with bottle age, and its elegant and balanced side definitely wins over the ripeness of the year. The oak feels very integrated and the palate terribly balanced. A great 2011.

93 points, Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate (Issue # 243 - Jun 2019)

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.

92 points, Josh Raynolds, Vinous (Feb 2019)

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 (Dec 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)