Valenciso Reserva Rioja 2014

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As always, this is handpicked Tempranillo from the clay/limestone soils around Haro. The grapes come from 17 plots across Villalba, Rodezno, Briones and Ollauri, all managed under strict culture raisonnée guidelines and cropped at well below the regional limits. The youngest vines that make the grade here are 60 years old!

The Reserva naturally ferments in cement vats and the wine is then aged for 19 months in mostly low-toast Radoux French oak barriques (roughly one-third new). In recent vintages 10% of the wine has been raised in low-toast Caucasus oak, further lessening the wine's (already minimal) oak impact. Following aging 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 the wine before bottling. With a modern-classical profile combining freshness, elegance and depth, this is an outstanding, multi-layered and complex release from Valenciso. All class.

"Cooler vintages like 2014 are ideally suited to the Valenciso style, which always has one eye on longevity and bottle age. This refined Tempranillo comes from vineyards in Briones, Haro, Ollauri, Rodezno and Villalba and has an appealing combination of structure, depth and minerality, with fine 20% new oak integration and layers of bramble, raspberry and black cherry fruit." 95 points, Tim Atkin MW, 2020 Rioja Report

"I tasted again the red 2014 Reserva, which seems to have integrated in bottle since I tasted it some 16 months ago. It's a lighter expression of Valenciso that is developing more complex aromas, and the acidity and tannins are slowly being resolved. They say it's the most modern among the classics and the most classic among modern Reservas. I agree." 93 points. Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate