2004 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja

SKU #1110167 91 points Wine Spectator

 This supple red offers an alluring mix of fresh and mature flavors, with notes of black cherry, tobacco, cedar and smoke. Beautifully balanced and elegant, with light, firm tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2018.  (9/2011)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is perfectly welcoming and complex upfront, with dried raspberry, leather and light herb aromas. It feels stylish and layered, with flavors of berry, earth and integrated oak. Classy and smooth on the finish, drink this now-2020.  (12/2012)

K&L Notes

Conde de Valdemar is one of the larger landholders in Rioja, producing a range of well made, traditional Rioja wines. This is a classically styled gran reserva from the excellent 2004 vintage. Toasty red fruit aromas and flavors are very nicely balanced, typical and show what the Spaniards would call a really delicious "balsamic" or fresh, succulent fruity character. This is beautifully balanced gran reserva to drink now or cellar another 5-7 years.

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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.