2012 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva

Year: 2012
Appellation: Rioja
Country: Spain
Wine Spectator: 93
James Suckling: 92
Jeb Dunnuck: 90
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.0%
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2017 WINE SPECTATOR TOP 100: #19

"Black cherry, currant and floral notes are expressive and alluring, balanced by loamy earth, tobacco and mineral elements that add a savory quality. Firm, well-integrated tannins give support to the polished texture, while orange peel acidity fuels the fresh finish. Drink now through 2027. 10,000 cases imported.–TM " (WS)

"A rich and dense Rioja with aromas and flavors of dark berries and hints of hazelnut and mahogany. Full body, chewy tannins and a flavorful finish. Drink now or hold." (JS)

"A blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Garnacha and the rest Graciano, the 2012 Reserva sports a deep ruby/purple color as well as lots of blackberry, licorice, asphalt, and spicy vanilla oak aomatics. This deep, rich, medium to full-bodied, pleasure-bent beauty has tons of charm, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's about as easy drinking and quaffable as it gets. This cuvée spent 20 months in a mix of new and used French oak." (JD)

Winery Notes:
Dense color with brilliant highlights, this Reserva shows a renovated style within a category labelled as “classic” Rioja. On the nose, black fruits of the forest come through with a depth of chocolate and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Fleshy sensations on the palate; rich fruit and a tannic structure mingle in a pleasant fullness. Round and smooth with milky flavours combining roasted coffee and a very fine trace of leather that remain on the palate. Serve at 17ºC.