Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2010

As always, this is 100%, handpicked Tempranillo from the clay/limestone soils around Haro. The grapes come from 11 plots, including Villalba, Rodezno Briones and Ollauri, all managed organically and cropped at well below the regional norms. Valenciso ferment in cement vats with native yeasts, and the wine is then aged for 17 months in low-toast, French oak barriques, ...



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Varietal
Tempranillo
Brand Name
Valenciso
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
SPAIN
Region
Rioja

Product Description

As always, this is 100%, handpicked Tempranillo from the clay/limestone soils around Haro. The grapes come from 11 plots, including Villalba, Rodezno Briones and Ollauri, all managed organically and cropped at well below the regional norms. Valenciso ferment in cement vats with native yeasts, and the wine is then aged for 17 months in low-toast, French oak barriques, one-third replaced each year. Although many 'traditional' Rioja are aged in US oak, you might be surprised to hear that French oak has a much longer history in the region. Records show that French and Bosnian oak were the norm before WW1. The hardship that followed saw the adoption of the cheaper and more plentiful American equivalent. When you taste a wine like this it is easy to see what was lost with this change. Following its time in barrel, this wine was transferred back into concrete vats to settle for a further 12 months to clarify. It was not fined or filtered. Amazing to think that this beautiful, silky, seven year old Rioja is the current release. The note below captures the wine well. It's a great vintage for Valenciso, so don't hesitate. 

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