Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2011

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  • Tim Atkin
    95
  • The Wine Advocate
    92

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Tasting Note:

"Richer and more concentrated than the superlative 2010, but with slightly less acidity, this pure Tempranillo is another triumph from Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso. Floral, spicy and focused, with a sturdy backbone of tannin and notes of black fruits and orange zest." - Tim Atkin, MW

 
FactSheet
FactSheet:

Composition:
100% Tempranillo
Drink Date:
2019 - 2025
Alcohol:
14.5%

33% new french barrique for 16 months

Body:
Full

Which glass?
Zalto Bordeaux

Decant it?
yes

 
Vineyards & vinification
Vineyards & vinification:

Made of 30 years old vines

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Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2011

Tempranillo, Valenciso, Rioja, Spain, Red, 750ml

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About the Producer

From humble beginnings in the Rioja Alta region in 1998, Luis Valentin and Carmen Enciso have come a long way. Starting out in rented space, it was only in 2009 that they had a cellar to call their own. Their name, Valenciso, is a portmanteau of their surnames (Valentin & Enciso) and reflects their 28 years of combined experience in Rioja. Starting out with just 24 000 bottles in 1998, made completely independently, Valenciso is now an army of seven. Their collective mission is simple: to place quality before quantity, and to produce a rich, elegant, benchmark Rioja.

Production has since increased to 100 000 bottles a year, although 70% remains within the borders for the Spaniards to enjoy. Although a little bit of white is made each year, Valenciso focusses on only one wine, a Reserva. The 12 hectares of low-yielding vineyards are 100% Tempranillo, providing only 5 tons per hectare (25% of the region’s average yield). Aging is done in French barriques, usually for 12 - 16 months. The philosophy is simple: maturation is equally split between new, second, and third fill barrels.

We were lucky enough to have lunch with Luis on a recent trip. We like his style - he insisted on opening only magnums for us to drink! Expect a delicate aromatic wine with a full and fragrant bouquet. Firm tannins allow for excellent aging potential. 

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