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1968 Viña Valoria Rioja

SKU #1033458

This is one of two beautiful, older bottlings from this little known Rioja producer. I respectfully disagree with Dr. Jay Miller's assessment of this wine; I find it to be delicious, but not by any means "more substantial" than the 1973. Darker fruited and with a structure more reminiscent of Bordeaux, to be sure, the wine also shows hints of dill and a savory, meaty quality. Regardless of which wine one prefers, though, this or the more Burgundian '73, both are clearly terrific values that show how beautifully Rioja ages. Despite their vintage, if tasted this blind I would have a tough time believing that either of these wines were much more than 20 years of age. Both wines from Valoria are perfect to mark special occasions, as well as to put in a line-up for anyone who wants to assemble a tasting of fullly mature reds. (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.