Lindes de Remelluri de San Vicente Rioja 2011
92 Points Wine Advocate
Since 2010, the grapes from external suppliers have gone into two separate and different bottlings. One of them this 2011 Lindes de Remelluri Viñedos de San Vicente, which in the future might extend the name to include the full name of the village, San Vicente de la Sonsierra where the grapes are sourced. As are all wines from here, this is a blend of grape varieties, including Tempranillo, Garnacha, Graciano, Viura and Malvasía fermented in stainless steel with indigenous yeasts and matured in French oak barrels for ten months. It's interesting to see the different character of the vineyards of San Vicente and Labastida, a character quite evident in the two vintages so far (there was one Lindes in 2009, but it contained the grapes from both villages), with San Vicente producing more approachable wines and Labastida more austere and elegant juice since the ripening is slower and the grapes are always harvested at least one week later. There are ripe aromas of hay and straw, black cherries and spices. The palate is medium-bodied with rusticity and moderate acidity, approachable and improving with time in the glass, which points at a positive evolution in bottle. In this vintage I find that both Lindes evolve toward something quite similar in the glass, and the San Vicente behaves really well. 50,000 bottles.