2015 Alegre Valgañon Rioja

SKU #1351615

Oscar Alegre along with his wife Luis Valgañon, recently began exporting their Riojas to the US, and we are very happy to welcome these wonderful new entrants into our inventory. For their red Rioja, the couple uses Tempranillo grown in some of the most western villages of Rioja Alta, including Sajazarra along with a few others. There is an important 25% Garnacha component from the village of Cardenas, a higher elevation section of the southwestern portion of Rioja Alta that is well known for its Grenache. This is expressive, tightly packed with red fruit flavors and nicely built for some ageing as well. A wonderful example of the next wave in Rioja!

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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 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.
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.
Sub-Region:

Rioja

Alcohol Content (%): 14