A classic style Rioja Reserva from one of the regions most enduring family run wineries. The hillside terraced vineyards are sheltered by the Sierra Cantabria Mountains to the north from harsh weather extremes. Small plot production is utilized in this region of infertile chalky clay soil to produce clusters of excellent quality. Almost 900 plots are needed to complete the approximately 400 hectares of estate-owned or cellar-controlled vineyards, some with vines more than 100 years in age.
Rich color. Very pleasant on the nose, subtle and elegant, complex, with aromas of fine wood, ripe fruit, coffee. Thick, unctuous and round on the palate with solid structure and juicy tannins. The second nose shows spiced nuances and black ripe fruit aromas.
|Vintage:||2011||Grape Varietals:||95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano||ABV:||14.5%|
|Aging:||Aged 18 months in new French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels. Then aged minimum 18 months in bottle before release.|
Winemaking and aging
The wine is made of 95% Tempranillo, 5% Graciano of 40 years of age. Upon entering the bodega, bunches undergo a manual selection and then individual grapes are sorted based on their weight. Following this double selection process, they are de-stemmed and crushed before undergoing fermentation and then aceration in stainless steel tanks for a total of 8 days, obtaining better color extraction as well as much more complex and tannic wines, suitable for prolonged aging.
After its primary fermentation, the wine is placed in barrels where it undergoes malolactic fermentation and is aged for 18 months in French (70%) and American (30%) oak barrels, then aged minimum 18 months in bottle before release.
Total acidity: 5 g./l. Volatile acidity: 0,6 g./l. PH: 3,59 Free SO2: 25 mg./l. Residual sugar: 1,9 g./l.
Excellent with red or white meats, all types of game, roasts, oily fish, rice with meat and cheese. Within Rioja cuisine it is perfection accompanying peppers stuffed with cod, artichokes with ham, migas pastoriles and trotters.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|S0EE332020SRM||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 01594 8||1 07 84585 01594 5||$26.95|
"2013 was the year in which Juan Luis Cañas and his team started to use a little less oak on his wines, to good effect in my view. This assemblage of Tempranillo with 5% Graciano is still a modern style, with 20% new wood, but it's spicy, refreshing and nuanced with some grip on the finish. 2019-23"
- - TIM ATKIN RIOJA 2019 SPECIAL REPORT, February 2019, 92 pts
"Also terrific, the 2013 Rioja Reserva offers a deeper, slightly more powerful style as well as classic notes of ripe red and black fruits, cedarwood, vanilla, and spice. Full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully balanced, it’s another smoking good wine from this estate that’s going to evolve gracefully for over a decade. This cuvée is 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano, all aged 18 months in 70% French oak and 30% American oak."
- Jeb Dunnuck (March 2019), 92 pts
"(aged for 18 months in 70% French and 30% American oak barrels, all new) Limpid ruby. Expressive red and dark berry preserve aromas, along with suggestions of vanilla, cola and roasted coffee. Round, sweet and open-knit, offering juicy raspberry and cherry-vanilla flavors that firm up steadily on the back half. Dusty tannins add grip to a long, focused finish that leaves bitter cherry and dark chocolate notes behind. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (February 2019), 91 pts
"The 2013 Reserva is a blend of Tempranillo with 5% Graciano, matured in used oak barrels for 18 months—12 months in French barriques and the following six in American ones. There are notes of smoked meat and some balsamic aromas, cigar ash and incense. It's very approachable and polished with contained ripeness. 250,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #235, February 2018), 89 pts
"The 2012 Reserva showed lots of roasted sesame seed, smoky and oaky notes intermixed with aromas of nuts and ripe berry fruit. The palate showed abundant, dusty tannins that give it a little bit of a drying texture. This blend of 95% Tempranillo and 5% Graciano was cropped from a very dry and warm vintage. The wine matured in oak for 18 months. 150,000 bottles produced. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #226, August 2016), 90 pts
"A mature red with plenty of candied-orange character on the nose. Then a rather attractive balance of moderately dry tannins and medium to full body. Good length, if not very complex. Drink now and in 2019."
- James Suckling (August 2018), 90 pts
"Brilliant ruby. Oak-accented dark berry, vanilla and candied rose aromas show good clarity and pick up a smoky nuance as the wine opens up. Round and open-knit, offering sweet cherry and blackberry flavors and a hint of coconut. The vanilla and floral notes repeat on a long, gently tannic finish that shows very good focus and no rough edges. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (May 2017), 91 pts
"Even slightly more serious is the 2011 Rioja Reserva, which offers up notes of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, black cherries, licorice and tobacco leaf in a well-made, fresh, medium-bodied, dark and seemingly fully mature style. Drink it over the next 3-4 years."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (March 2016), 88 pts - Excellent Wine Values for Under $25
"The excellence of the 2010 vintage is draped all over this studly Rioja. Earthy aromas of mixed berry fruits and forest floor feed into a saturated but well-balanced palate with firm tannins. Baked black cherry and cassis flavors meander towards a lightly toasted finish with mocha, chocolate and cassis notes. This is outright delicious more than stately or complex. Drink through 2024."
- Wine Enthusiast (August2016), 93 pts + Editor's Choice
"Deep ruby. Smoke- and mineral-laced red berry compote and cherry-cola on the deeply perfumed nose. Fleshy, sweet and concentrated, offering energetic raspberry and bitter chocolate flavors and an exotic touch of vanilla. Shows excellent clarity and thrust on the long, vibrant finish, which is framed by fine-grained, harmonious tannins. - Josh Raynolds"
- Antonio Galloni's Vinous (November 2015), 92 pts
"Dark plum cake and earthy aromas. A full body, moderately dry tannins and quite fresh acidity make this a Rioja classic. Drink now."
- James Suckling (July 2017), 92 pts
"Quite commercial, the 2010 Reserva has plenty of lactic notes, aromas of ripe berries and lots of spices and smoke. The palate is quite accessible with fine-grained tannins and good acidity and overall balance. - Luis Gutierrez"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (Issue 218, April 2015), 91 pts