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2012 Valenciso Reserva Rioja

SKU #1445338 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark 2012 was a warm and dry year, when some vines were blocked and stopped ripening the grapes. Surprisingly enough, many wines have retained more freshness than what the natural conditions of the year anticipated. Valenciso's 2012 Reserva has more stuffing and power than the 2011 and comes from a year that was saved by some rains in September and big temperature contrasts between day and night. It's very tasty, almost salty (the words of Jean Gonon from St Joseph saying "our wines are salty, to be enjoyed with food. There is no room for sweetness in our wines," comes to my mind). It's a modern classical Rioja in the making, still young but showing some development and incipient complexity. These wines develop slowly and nicely in bottle and seem to hit the spot after some eight years after the harvest. (LG) Inner quote mark (6/2019)


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By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/9/2020 | Send Email
Balanced and poised, this is the Rioja lovers type of wine, the 100% Tempranillo obvious in the umami, dusty flavors that hedge into cocoa and espresso on the palate after showcasing the fine oak profile on the nose. A bit lighter than some Rioja's, time in the glass definitely lets the juice fill out and brings some of the easy, raspberry tones out from the back. Drink with savory food. Finishes for Days.

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