2009 Valserrano Crianza Rioja

SKU #1156514 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Valserrano Crianza was tasted as a finished tank sample awaiting bottling. The nose is more floral than the 2008, with fine purity and delineation, with lively blood orange notes developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with rounded, sensual red cherries and candied orange peel. It is voluminous in the mouth with a gentle, insistent grip on the finish. This is a great example of Rioja Crianza.  (8/ 2012)

91 points Wine Spectator

 This supple red is vivid yet graceful, balanced and harmonious, featuring berry, tart cherry, spice and vanilla flavors. The modest tannins and fresh acidity impart an accessible structure, with good depth. Drink now through 2018  (10/ 2013)

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By: Jim Barr |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 6/3/2014  | Send Email
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I think some of the most amazing bargains coming on the market, the last few years, are the wines from Rioja. This is a perfect example and shows such a deeply flavored, broad wine (Parker gave it 90 to 92 points, which means pooo, and The Specator threw in 91, which means even worse *&@^), it seems maybe the wine critics finally got one right. Well-defined rose petal to currant aromas, this intensely flavored wine is incredibility complex and layered, with well defined currant, floral, and cassis notes on entry, a great mid-palate richness, and a long, bright finish. Rusty has informed me that this Gem will be one of our house reds for however long it is around. 14.5% ABV
Drink from 2014 to 2024

By: Joe Manekin |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/15/2014  | Send Email
Delicious, bright, high toned berry fruited crianza Rioja, here! Thanks to Bodegas de la Marquesa's faithfulness to the classic Crianza style, their extensive vineyard holdings, and a healthy chunk of 10% Mazuelo (Carignane) in this blend, this is a 2009 that begs another sip, and another glass. However, it should age nicely in the short to mid-term as well. Good stuff.

By: Jason Marwedel |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 4/15/2014  | Send Email
This is a great example of the generous quality the 2009 vintage will offer in Rioja. Achieving a wonderful balance of ripeness and structure, this Crianza offers aromas of bright red fruit with hints of rose, citrus and vanilla. The underlying sweet fruit is framed throughout by very precise acid and tannin. This is a very polished bottle of wine for $15, which you can drink over the next 3-5 years.

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Varietal:

Tempranillo

- 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 Penčdes 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.
Country:

Spain

- 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.
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Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14.5