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The 2016 Tempranillo is a Crianza, and aged 12 months in French and American oak. Every year they use 25% new oak and keep it in rotation for this balanced and harmonious wine. Attractive color with luminous highlights. Soft spice and refined oak on the nose with a depth of jammy red berry fruits. Luscious and intense on tasting with pleasant tannins that mingle with fresh and mature fruit. Finishes with delicious, long-lasting flavors.
Deep in color and floral aromas as well as still-ripe blackberry and plum scents, this Gran Reserva from one of the best vintages in modern Rioja history is chewy to its core, with a beam of bright acidity maintaining great shape. Bold berry and plum flavors are on display many years after harvest, while a ripe finish is spicy and confirms excellence; drink through 2028.
94 Points Wine Enthusiast
The wine exhibits an attractive, deep, cherry color. The nose is fresh and complex expressing aromas of blackberry forest fruit and prunes, while notes of cocoa, vanilla and subtle toast also come through denoting an ageing in top quality oak. Fresh on the palate with very well-integrated acidity. A lovely, pleasant mouth-feel with a good lingering finish. Clean and fresh with great ageing potential.
This wine pairs well with casseroles, meat dishes, fish and cheese; and it can even be enjoyed on its own, without any accompaniment.
Blend: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Grenache, Mazuelo (Carignan) and Graciano
99 Points James Suckling
96 Points Robert Parker
Bodegas y Vinedas Valderiz S.L. is located in Roa de Duero, in the heart of Spain, about 160 kms north of Madrid and represents 7 generations of vine growers. The vineyards consist of 60 ha planted by Tomás Esteban and 10 ha planted by his father in 1932, which have been successfully maintained. All vines have been grafted from the original vineyards planted almost 100 years ago.
In 1980, the head of the family, Tomás Esteban considered his options for making the most of their plots of land in Ribera del Duero. Located in Roa, the heart of this region, the vinyard began to take shape over the next 10 years with the efforts and devotion of his sons Juan and Ricardo Esteban. Bodegas y Viñedos Valderiz came into being in 1997, and it is now one of the most widely-recognized wineries in the Ribera del Duero.
The family is currently one of the forerunners in organic agriculture in the Ribera del Duero area. The total absence of herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers is the vinyard´s distinctive trademark. This practice has led to some forward-thinking to develop biodynamic viticulture and since 2000, a small area of land has been cultivated using biodynamic practices. The “Pago de Valdehermoso” is a vineyard situated in Roa where some of the most complex Tinta del Pais grapes in the Ribera del Duero region are produced, as certified by D.O. enologists benchmark analysis.
This wine, called “Valdehermoso” is 100% Tempranillo, locally it is known as “tinta del pais”. The grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and are naturally fermented in the winery, no artificial yeasts or any additives are used whatsoever in the winemaking process, allowing for a slow, natural process that shows the quality of the fruit and the vineyard. The result is spectacular, and the wine completely over delivers for the price! The wine is unoaked, and the dark fruit almost explodes from the glass with excitement. Dark raspberries, plums and cherries are at the front with hints of espresso and dark earth framing the backbone. This wine has lots of depth and complexity for an unoaked wine, and over delivers in spades! This wine is meant to be enjoyed over the next two years and will pair wonderfully with tomato braised meats, pasta dishes and cheese!