2015 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva Rioja
Winemaker Notes: Founded in 1970, with its first release in 1975, Marqués de Cáceres the Rioja bodega was established by Henri Forner, whose family has been active in the wine business for generations. The winery is named for a Spanish peer who was also an investor in the winery and a friend of Henri Forner.
The Forner family fled Spain during the Spanish Civil War and settled in France. In the early 1960s, Henri Forner and his brother Elysée bought and restored two abandoned châteaux, Château Camensac and Château Larose-Trintaudon. These châteaux are now recognized as two of the finest properties in Bordeaux. When Henri decided to establish a bodega in his homeland, he selected what he considered the finest viticultural area in Spain: Cenicero in Rioja Alta.
Emile Peynaud, former professor and chief wine researcher at the University of Bordeaux, was initial consultant to the winery. Today, Michel Rolland is wine consultant at Marqués de Cáceres and Henri and his daughter, Christine, are at the helm. The vinification methods at Bodegas Marqués de Cáceres are similar to those used in Bordeaux. Thus, French winemaking techniques and expertise have been applied to native Spanish grapes to produce one of the finest modern Riojas.
Dark and dense ruby color. Refined and complex aroma with a touch of cherry,vanilla and soft toasted notes. Balanced in the mouth, where the silky and well defined tannins are combined with exquisite flavors to reveal a pleasantfullness.
Blend: 90% Tempranillo, 10% Other
Tim Atkin - "Mixing fruit from the various villages in the Rioja Alta with 15% fruit from Laguardia and Lanciego, this stylish, Tempranillo-dominated Reserva is made to a commendably consistent quality. Aged in French oak, it's dense, concentrated yet refreshing with bramble, black cherry and nutmeg flavors and fresh acidity. 2021-28"
Tasting Panel - "Dark garnet color and a nose of cherry and earth; smooth, bright, and juicy with mature notes of plum and spice. Balanced and complex, long and complete."
James Suckling - "Aromas of ripe berries and plums with spices and toasted oak, as well as dried flowers, following through to a full body with chewy tannins and a tannic finish. Lots of fruit and tannins still. Another year or two will soften it. Try in 2021."
Wine Enthusiast - "Cassis and raisin aromas announce a fully ripe, warm-year reserva with enough acidic kick on the palate to ensure balance. Blackberry and baked plum flavors benefit from said acidity, while finishing notes of cured beef and baked berry fruits confirm that this a ripe-style Rioja. Drink through 2024."
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