2005 Valenciso Reserva Rioja

SKU #1093669 91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Compania Bodeguera Valenciso makes one wine, a Reserva. The 2005 Valenciso Reserva, from an outstanding Rioja vintage, displays lots of spice, cedar, leather, violets, and blackberry aromas in its already complex nose. Savory, ripe, and nicely proportioned, this impressive Reserva is beginning to be approachable and will be at its best from 2013 to 2025.  (6/2011)

Wine & Spirits

 This a soft red with rich, honeyed fruit in the middle, finishing sweet and gentle. For grilled pork.  (12/2011)

Wine Spectator

 Smoke and spice notes frame dried cherry, licorice and herbal flavors in this firm, traditional red. Grippy tannins and balsamic acidity impart a rustic character. Drink now through 2015. (Web-2012)

K&L Notes

Based in the Rioja Alavesa town of Ollauri, Valencisco only produces one wine: Reserva. That's the kind of focus that we respect and love. And the quality of this wine, particulary in the excellent 2005 vintage, reveals itself quickly. Spicy dark fruit aromas are initially a bit quiet, but open up to a palate that shows a striking contrast between richness and elegance. Produced from carefully selected, mature Tempranillo, the wine ferments in concrete and then typically spends at least 18 months in French oak, about one-third of which is new. While this is not traditional by the overly simplified standards of "traditional" Rioja, it should certainly age like the great Riojas of years past, given its freshness, fruit weight and fine balance at such a young age. This is certainly a winery to follow, whose wines belong in any Rioja lover's cellar. (Joe Manekin, K&L Spanish Wine Buyer)

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- A very important red grape varietal that's native to Northern Spain, grown across the north and central regions of the country. Low in acid and alcohol, with subtle strawberry, leather and tobacco notes, the grape responds well to oak aging and plays particularly well with others. Tempranillo is an important component, when combined with Garnacha, Mazuelo, Viura and Graciano, of Rioja, with the best examples coming for the cooler, higher-elevation regions like Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa. It is also grown in significant quantities in the Ribera del Duero where it is called Tinto Fino and Penèdes where it is called Ull de Llebre o Ojo de Llebre. Tempranillo hasn't gained a particularly strong foothold outside of Spain, achieving some success under the name Tinto Roriz in Portugal. There it is used as a component of Port and in the table wines of the Ribera del Duero and the Dão.


- With more land under vine than any other country in the world, Spain is the great sleeping wine giant. In recent years, a great deal of money and passion has been poured in the burgeoning Spanish wine industry, helping to improve quality among its vast array of wines from sparkling Cava to Sherry to Rioja Gran Reserva. The most important red-wine-producing regions are Rioja, Ribera del Duero and Navarra in the north and Priorat and Penedes in the northeast.