2011 Finca Villacreces Ribera Del Duero (Previously $30)
This wine could also be in my 12 greatest Riberas. Delicious, complex, finely sewn, open. Top quality, and at a bargain price. (PBT)
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)
Mushroom, dried fruits and walnuts on the nose. Full body, soft and silky tannins and a chewy finish. Needs time to soften but already delicious. Drink now.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
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)