February 2019 Wine Club Red

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THE 2011 CONDE VALDEMAR RIOJA RESERVA

Now in its fifth generation of winemaking, Bodegas Conde Valdemar only sources fruit from its family-grown estate vineyards. The Rioja Reserva 2011 is a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 5% Granacha. The Tempranillo grapes are from vineyard plots in Rioja Alavesa, north of the Ebro River in the foothills of the Cantabrian Mountains. The wines from this region are perhaps the lightest of Rioja, and often have the most finesse. Graciano from Rioja Alta and Garnacha from Rioja Baja complete the blend. The wine is aged 27 months in both American and French oak barrels.

Bright ruby-red in color with a nose of complex aromas of ripe fruits, this is a medium-bodied wine with juicy flavors of baked blackberry and hints of vanilla. Notes of coffee add to the sturdy, spicy dark berry fruit.

This light red wine will pair well with hearty roasts and stews, casseroles and charcuterie.

This wine is ready to be enjoyed right now but will also cellar well till 2024.

In the 2018 Rioja Special Report, this wine was awarded 91 points.

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