2010 Bodegas Valdemar "Inspiracion" Rioja

SKU #1153949 91 points Wine Spectator

 Fresh and focused, this sleek, lively red shows black cherry, wild berry, licorice, mineral and toast flavors that glideover the palate, supported by well-integrated tannins and bright acidity. A graceful, modern style. Drink now through 2018.  (12/2013)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Inspiracion line of wines is more modern, showing the fruit aromas more. It starts with the 2010 Inspiracion Valdemar Seleccion, which is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. It has a fruit-driven nose, with blackberries, black cherries and cassis in the foreground with very faint spice notes from the oak aging. The palate reveals a medium-bodied wine which is clean, modern, with fresh fruit flavors and a licorice note in the aftertaste. Drink 2014-2018. (LG)  (12/2013)

K&L Notes

Produced from a blend of Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes, this is a lovely, fruit forward, yet seriously structured wine - great for early enjoyment now but capable of improving in the midterm. Terrific initial attack on the palate, with bright mixed berry and dark cherry fruit flavors, gives way to fine tannins and a persistent finish. Full of brightly lush fruit, sleek, and stylish, this was a surprise hit from the usually more traditional Conde de Valdemar. I was really impressed by not only the sheer drinkability of this modern Rioja, but also its structure. The black cherry and bright, mixed berry fruit is not overly ripe, given the wine’s acid structure and polished, supple, tannins. I’d attribute the overall freshness and balanced style to the 10% portion of Graciano, a grape which, when well sited and cared for, really adds so much to a Rioja . Definitely an overachiever for under $20, this Inspiración quite frankly puts many other modern Riojas which cost 2-3 times more to shame (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.