Marqués de Cáceres Gran Reserva 2011
Founded in 1970, Cáceres is one of Spain’s most respected estates, owned and run 5th generation vintner Christina Forner. This beautiful Gran Reserva is made of 85% Tempranillo, 8% Garnacha and 7% Graciano from a special selection of 35-50 year old vineyards including parcels in Rioja Alta that are 65-85 years old. Very low yields with a maximum of 33 hl/ha (2.4 tons/acre) and less than 15 hl/ha (1.1 tons/acre) in those parcels that are 65 years plus. The Tempranillo comes from vineyards planted at various altitudes (1,300-2,000 feet above sea level) from different zones within the Cenicero boundary, Elciego and Laguardia, which confer complexity. The Garnacha Tinta is selected from vineyards located in Rioja Alta, specifically Cenicero and Nájera, with respective altitudes of 2,150 and 1,650 feet, so as to achieve finesse, freshness, and at the same time, good structure. The Graciano is selected mainly in Elciego, where the grapes offer unique character: exquisiteness, style, brio, and color. Aged 24-26 months in oak, depending on the origin of the vineyards and if the new French barrels are being used for their first or second wine.
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Wine SpectatorThis red is lively and expressive, with cherry, tobacco, licorice, vanilla and allspice flavors mingling on a round, gentle texture that practically floats through the spicy, floral finish. Balanced and graceful. Drink now through 2025.