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Bodegas Príncipe de Viana

Príncipe de Viana Reserva 2011

Price: $18.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Bodegas Príncipe de Viana
Vintage Year: 2011
Highest Rating: 92pts ( Wine Review Online)
Country: Spain
Region: Navarra
Appellation: D.O. Navarra


Deep cherry-red color. Aromas of ripe red and black fruits, cherries and plums with well-integrated oak nuances from its 14 months-oak-aging which give way to vanilla notes. Full and round on the palate with clear, different flavor layers. A long finish with excellent fruit and toast notes.

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Príncipe de Viana Reserva (2011) - "Navarra, a wine region in northern Spain, is best known for its Garnacha based rosado. With its proximity to Rioja (indeed, a part of Rioja DOCa lies within the geographic area of Navarra) it is not surprising that Tempranillo, the major grape of its neighbor, does well too. Despite its five years of age, this rich wine remains tight and needs additional bottle age. It's closed, but balanced, at this stage, and just needs time to open as opposed to being hard or astringent and needing time to soften. Lively acidity balances its plumlike fruitiness and muscular stature, keeping it fresh. If you opt to drink it this winter, open a few hours before the meal and decant it to let it breathe. Alternatively, find a place for this bargain priced beauty in your cellar. "

92 Points
Michael Apstein,, Jan 2, 2017

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Príncipe de Viana Reserva (2011) - "Deep red. Oak-spiced cherry, raspberry and vanilla aromas are joined by a peppery nuance that gains strength as the wine opens up. Smooth and seamless on the palate, offering sappy red fruit liqueur and spicecake flavors that deepen on the back half. Shows good energy and lively fruit for its age and finishes supple, broad and sweet, with discreet tannins and good persistence."

89 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, May 17, 2017

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Príncipe de Viana Reserva (2011) - "Flavors of baked plum and cherry are backed by notes of mocha,tobacco, vanilla and herbs. A long, balanced, cedary finish helps this along."

89 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Nov 1, 2016

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Overview: 1200 acres of old vines are managed under contract throughout the region. In 2003, over one thousand additional acres of estate vineyards were established on a rolling chalky-stony plateau at the confluence of the Aragón and Ebro Rivers. Primary grape varieties, sustainably grown, are Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Graciano and Garnacha. Soils are mainly chalky clay and alluvial deposit, the climate an intermittent interplay of Atlantic, Mediterranean and Continental. Persistent "Cierzo" winds responsible for the adjacent Bardenas Desert Natural Park effectively minimize plant disease.

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History: Bodegas Príncipe de Viana was created in 1983 as a banner project of Caja Rural de Navarra, an agricultural lending institution founded to provide financial assistance for the sustainable development of Navarra's important farming sector. Reflecting wine's nobility among agricultural products, the project takes its name from an historic Navarran title of Spanish royal succession dating to 1423.

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