Deep ruby, starting to turn amber- this 11 year old Tempranillo is beginning to show some age. On the nose I get classic Rioja: dusty earth, bramble, ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, leather and loads of oak influence. Vanilla, coconut and charred wood notes are well ingrained. On the palate it is dry and smooth. Very integrated tannins and great acidity set the framework up to allow dark fruit, musty and earthy flavors as well as oak nuance to interplay. Medium (+) bodied this delight has a medium (-) finish. This is not a bold and big wine, it is more of a seductive and silky drop that appeals to those who enjoy subtlety over brawn. I like it and would sip it over tapas. I think it is at peak and will drink nicely until 2028. It gets 92 points from me and at $40 it gets 5 stars. Salut….
Marques de Vitoria Gran Reserva 2011, Rioja DOCa, Spain
16 Wednesday Feb 2022