2011 Finca Villacreces Ribera Del Duero

SKU #1243600 94 points Decanter

 This wine could also be in my 12 greatest Riberas. Delicious, complex, finely sewn, open. Top quality, and at a bargain price. (PBT)  (1/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Opaque purple. Exotic aromas of black and blue fruit preserves, cherry-vanilla, licorice and peppery spices. Plush and open-knit, offering deeply concentrated dark fruit flavors and hints of candied flowers and spicecake. Supple tannins build with air and add shape to a very long, supple finish that leaves cassis and mocha notes behind. This suave wine has the depth to age but drinks very easily now; it was aged for 14 months in new French oak barriques. (JR)  (12/2015)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Unfortunately, I didn't get to try the Nebro from Villacreces and I only tasted two vintages of the regular wine, starting with the 2011 Finca Villacreces. This bottling seems to follow a constant blend: 86% Tempranillo, 10% Cabernet and 4% Merlot, with an aging of 14 months in French oak barrels, 60% of them new. It somehow feels oakier than the 2012 despite having been in bottle for longer, with a lactic note that gives it a forest fruits yogurt feeling, combined with sweet spices and a touch of smoke. The palate shows some chunky tannins and a slightly warm finish. A ripe and heady Villacreces. (LG)  (10/2015)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.

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