• Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2011 93

    Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2011

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    93pts - Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    "The oak feels very integrated and the palate terribly balanced. A great 2011." Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate

    This Valanciso Reserva Rioja is not to be missed. Fill your glasses, set your mantillas in place and dig into an assortment of robust tapas. The meatier the better. The complex and elegant full body of this Reserva Rioja make it the ideal partner for just about any lamb dish. How do you like yours? While you're still getting your Spanish on, how about a classic paella? We love the intoxicating aromas that it gives off as the rice plumps, absorbing all the delicious flavors. Make sure you don't forget the chorizo. If you're craving a showstopping meat dish, we suggest parmesan and herb-crusted beef tenderloin. You'll need some potatoes with that. Gratin or oven roasted with sea salt and lemon zest? Be sure you've got another bottle breathing while you eat so that it'll be ready for the Manchego, Marcona almonds and quince paste platter after dinner. That's about all you need to know.

    Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate: "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.  Drink date: 2019 - 2026."  

    I've always liked and admired the wines from Valenciso; they seem to take the best from the traditional and more modern Rioja. To get up to speed, I tasted two vintages of their regular red and revisited the previous vintage of all three wines. To show how serious they are, they explained how they are not going to release the 2013, because "it was a year with lots of botrytis, and since we don't use anti-botrytis products, we had a very short crop. We have doubts about the aging potential of the wine, so the same as the 2003, the 2013 will not be released". As for some good news, they started converting their vineyards to organic farming in 2017 (bravo!), and they are working on a varietal Graciano and a concrete-aged red that should be released in 2020 if everything goes according to plan. One of the names that is undeservedly flying under the radar."  Jun 2019  

    Winery: "100% Tempranillo aged 17 months in fine grained French oak. Highly polished, tightly wound and elegant wine with refined aromatics. Fine tannins provide a silky texture, leading to a persistent finish of red berries and sweet oak. Blossoms both in body and flavor with decantation and will age gracefully for years, in the manner of top Burgundy."

    Bottle: 750ml, cork 
    Varietal: 100% Tempranillo
    Aging: 17 months in French oak
    Alcohol: ~14.3%
    Region: Rioja, Spain