This wine has gained a considerable recognition over the last years - Tim Atkin MW, to name one critic, has repeatedly praised it - so much so that its classy blue label decorated with a silver leaf has already become a quality trademark.
It is made from low-yielding vines located in Rioja Alta, farmed following sustainable agricultural practices and environmentally friendly procedures.
Though still suffering from the heavy drought of the previous year, the cool temperatures of 2012 greatly benefited the grapevines, which ripened slowly and steadily. Harvested by hand, the grapes were selected on site. Once in the cellar, they were destemmed and fermented in concrete vats.
After that, this Reserve red wine was transferred into mainly French, and also Caucasian oak barrels, where it was aged for 19 months. After that, it was aged for a further 14 months in concrete vats.
Decant Valenciso Reserva 2012 a minimum of 30 minutes before drinking.
Drink this Spanish red wine from La Rioja from now until 2028.
The red wine Valenciso Reserva has an intense, high cherry-coloured robe with a garnet rim.
Complex, expressive and very pure, this wine by Bodegas Valenciso is reminiscent of liquorice, spices and blackberry jam, with some nuances of balsam, underbush, charcoal and dim mineral hints.
Serious and well-crafted, with nuance and real elegance, this Tempranillo from La Rioja shows a great balance between a first-class fruit and a judicious use of oak. Lively acidity, sweet, savoury tannins and long finish with remembrances of spices and balsam.
|Our personal opinion||
A nice piece of work, full of subtleties, Valenciso Reserva 2012 has a remarkable ageing potential.
Valenciso Reserva 2011:
Enterwine 92. Parker 92. James Suckling 92.
Valenciso Reserva 2010:
Aged for 19 months in French oak barrels. Enterwine 92.
Valenciso Reserva 2009:
Aged for 17 months. Parker 91.
Valenciso Reserva 2008:
Parker 93. Tim Atkin MW 96.
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Should this wine be decanted?||30 minutes before serving|
|Does this wine follow the guidelines of biodynamic Farming?||No|
|Is this product free of sulfites?||No|
|Type of ageing||Months in French and Central European oak barrels|
|Number of months aged in Barrels||19|
|Other guides||Decanter Magazine March 2016: Top 50 Rioja, 96 points.|
|Name of Award||No|
|Percentage of variety||No|
|Pairings||Birds, Civet, Cured cheeses, Red meat with gravy, Roasted foods, Roasted lamb, Roasted red meats, Roasted white meats, Rosted piglet, Sheep´s cheese, Specialty Spanish prosciutto|
|Taste||Complex and Elegant, Silky and intense, Tasty with barrel notes|
|Occasion||Because you deserve it, Business dinner, Family reunion, Romantic Dinner, To bring to an engagement|
One of the most elegant Riojas out there. It wears its greatness lightly.
Tried this after reading high praise from Tim Atkin. Simply spectacular. Can't get enough of this Rioja!!
I think that this wine will be even better the next year, then I will give you 5 stars. ;)
Parker 93!!! Lovely!!