positively raves about it. The winery likens it to a top Burgundy... In sum, this Valanciso Reserva Rioja is not to be missed. Fill your glasses, set your mantillas in place and dig into an assortment of robust tapas. The meatier the better. The complex and elegant full body of this Reserva Rioja make it the ideal partner for just about any lamb dish. How do you like yours? While you're still getting your Spanish on, how about a classic paella? We love the intoxicating aromas that it gives off as the rice plumps, absorbing all the delicious flavors. Make sure you don't forget the chorizo. If you're craving a showstopping meat dish, we suggest parmesan and herb-crusted beef tenderloin. You'll need some potatoes with that. Gratin or oven roasted with sea salt and lemon zest? Be sure you've got another bottle breathing while you eat so that it'll be ready for the Manchego, Marcona almonds and quince paste platter after dinner. That's about all you need to know.
Robert Parker, Jr.'s Wine Advocate
: "This wine is, year in, year out, among the best in its category.
I'm talking about the red 2008 Valenciso Reserva, an explosive, aromatic, perfumed Tempranillo that mixes the more common strawberries, raspberries and cherries with more unusual violets and subtle spices with plenty of nuances and changing details, elegant and complex, starting to develop some tertiary characteristics. Perhaps some aromas are derived from the fact that the uncrushed grapes fermented in cement vats, a process that can sometimes can provoke intense aromatics. Also, the malolactic was very slow and did not finish until the spring/summer. The palate is lush, full and round, with sophisticated glossy tannins and good acidity. Add to this the effect of the 17 months in French oak that brought some spicy flavors, but that did not dry the wine at all. A beauty. At this price point, it is quite good value. Drink 2015-2020.
Valenciso produces balanced, elegant and reliable Riojas that show the perfect marriage of tradition and modernity. Anything with their name is worth trying.
" Apr 2015
: "100% Tempranillo aged 17 months in fine grained French oak. Highly polished, tightly wound and elegant wine with refined aromatics. Fine tannins provide a silky texture, leading to a persistent finish of red berries and sweet oak. Blossoms both in body and flavor with decantation and will age gracefully for years, in the manner of top Burgundy."
||17 months in French oak