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Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2015

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Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2015
Producer Valenciso
Region, Country Rioja, Spain
Bottle Size 750ml
Product Code 20525-750

Valenciso’s flagship Reserva is a selection of handpicked Tempranillo from the clay/limestone soils around Haro. The grapes are drawn from 29 plots spread across the villages of Villalba, Rodezno, Briones, Haro and Ollauri. They all lie within a five-kilometre radius of the winery. 


Part of what has been proposed as the Western Sonsierra zone (by Alberto Gil and Antonio Remesal Villar in Rioja: Vinos Silenciosos), Ollauri’s vineyards are noted for their excellent calcáreo soils, altitudes of up to 600 meters and Atlantic-influenced climate. All the vines are managed organically and cropped well below the regional limits. The youngest vines that make the grade here are 60 years old.


The Reserva fermented naturally in cement vats, and the wine then aged for 19 months in (mostly) low-toast Radoux French oak barriques. In recent vintages, 10% of the wine has also been raised in low-toast Caucasus oak, further lessening the wine’s already minimal wood influence. Following ageing in barrel, the wine was transferred back to concrete vats to settle for a further 24 months before release. Luis and Carmen find the wine clarifies so well in concrete that there is no need to fine or filter it before bottling.


From an Atlantic-styled vintage, 2015 is a more elegant and finessed release than the years on either side. Tasted at the estate this year, it’s a beautifully cool, spicy and elegant Rioja with plenty of strawberry sweetness spiked with resin, brown spices, blood and anise notes. It has a supple texture and a fresh, racy finish. Super classy


Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2015

Reviews

"Back to 2010," is now Luís Valentín describes the style of his 2015, a vintage that he rates highly. Sourced from 29 parcels in Briones, Haro, Ollauri, Rodezno and Villalba, it's a pure Tempranillo that sees 33% new wood and is fresh, floral, textured and refined, with some sweet spices and a core of red berry and black cherry fruit embellished with chalky minerality. 2022-30."
94 points, Tim Atkin, 2021 Rioja Report

Reviews

"Back to 2010," is now Luís Valentín describes the style of his 2015, a vintage that he rates highly. Sourced from 29 parcels in Briones, Haro, Ollauri, Rodezno and Villalba, it's a pure Tempranillo that sees 33% new wood and is fresh, floral, textured and refined, with some sweet spices and a core of red berry and black cherry fruit embellished with chalky minerality. 2022-30."
94 points, Tim Atkin, 2021 Rioja Report

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