Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2009
in mixed case $32.29
Valenciso is elegant, tasty, a wine that is not heavy in the mouth yet which fills it with aromas. It is subtle yet has a firmness that enables it to age well, for many years.
Its taste is indicative of not only how the Atlantic influence softens the Rioja Alta climate but also of the generous clay-limestone soil, whose acidity makes the wine lively and full of vibrant aromas.
Long and persistent, balanced, rich and full of nuances: a wine which opens up in the glass.
This red is round yet firm, offering plum, tobacco and meaty flavors, with firm tannins and orange-peel acidity. Focused, with tar and mineral notes adding depth and interest. Drink now through 2022. 8,000 cases made.
Score: 91, Thomas Matthews, November 2016
The 2009 Reserva from Valenciso is a classic Rioja produced with grapes from Rioja Alta in search of the classical profile combining freshness, elegance and power. 2009 was a warm and healthy harvest when they picked earlier to keep the freshness. The destemmed but uncrushed grapes fermented in cement tanks where it underwent malolactic. It matured in one-third new French oak barrels for some 17 months. There are some notes of leather, licorice and fountain pen ink, over a core of ripe berry fruit, with some spicy notes from the oak and a faint animal character. The palate is medium-bodied with some dusty, slightly rustic tannins and a dry finish. 99,000 bottles produced.
Score: 91, Luis Gutierrez, August 2016
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