2005 Valenciso Reserva Rioja
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.
Wine & Spirits
This a soft red with rich, honeyed fruit in the middle, finishing sweet and gentle. For grilled pork.
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)
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)