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Vintage Assessments Tasting Note Producer OLARRA
Here is an outstanding, well-priced, elegant 2011 Gran Reserva thatís worthy of a detour. Fairly deep red colour with just a faint hint of amber on the edge. Attractive, slightly spicy, ripe, plum-cassis nose with some sandalwood, cedar and ripe crancherry notes. Dry, medium to medium-full bodied, well structured, harmonious, ripe, citrusy, plummy-raspberry flavours with a lingering, gently complex, faintly earthy, sandalwood-tinged, fairly high acid, minerally finish. It has 14% alcohol and 2 g/L residual sugar with lot number L1245 on the back label. NEW in Vintages. CSPC 22489
Type Red Table Wine
Agent Tri Win
Country Spain
Region Rioja
Rating ***(93 points)
Ripe, Intense, Complex, Harmonious
LCBO Text Status Recommended by Vintage Assessments!
A Best Buy
TASTING NOTE: Grupo Bodegas Olarra was founded in 1973 and is now a large organisation producing wines under three different bodega names in Rioja and beyond. The Laztana 2011 is a blend of about 80% Tempranillo with 10% Garnacha and the remainder Graciano and Mazuelo, from vines aged on average for more than 30 years. Fermentation in stainless steel was followed by malolactic fermentation and nearly three months on lees in new 225- litre Allier oak barrels, then six further months in new oak before cask-ageing up to 27 months in total in a mix of new to five-year-old Allier and US barrels. The wine was subsequently cellared for 40 further months in bottle prior to its first release. Sarah Jane Evans MW - Truffly, balsamic, cherry aromas. Full-bodied and fleshy in the mouth, a really youthful wine, packed with energy. Notes of oranges, blackberries and redcurrants abound, then following through with a firm structure of tannin. Christine Parkinson - Spicy aromas of turmeric, cumin, strawberry and dark chocolate, which all carry through to the palate. Creamy layers of tannin are very appealing, and the strong core of acidity makes this a great wine for food. Very long, confident, concentrated finish. Beth Willard - Attractive nose of rose petal, peach and red cherry. Very ripe, jammy fruit, strawberry, with a touch of white pepper on the finish and fresh acidity. A more fruitforward style of wine, with well balanced oak. Drinking window: 2021-2033. Score - 95 (Panel, decanter.com, Feb. 10, 2021) Price $ 28.95
Bottle Size 750 mL
Tasting Date vintages release - January 8, 2022
Cases bought 279 (6 bottles per case)

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