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Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso

Valenciso 10 Años Después 2010

Price: $77.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso
Vintage Year: 2010
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja


Produced from a high-elevation parcel of 75 year old Tempranillo, aged over five years in cement tanks prior to aging in lightly-toasted second-year Caucasus oak barrels for 40 months. A marvel of elegance and minerality with mouth-filling texture and aroma, retaining remarkable freshness and the capacity to age and improve in bottle for many years.

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Valenciso 10 Años Después (2007) - "This impressive Tempranillo, aged in the 100% Russian oak that's a feature of the Valenciso style, is serious, dense, and capable of ageing for more time in bottle. Perfumed, polished and beautifully judged."

95 Points
Tim Atkin, Special Rioja Report, Feb 28, 2018

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Valenciso 10 Años Después (2007) - "This generous red offers cassis, dried cherry, cocoa and licorice flavors, focused and still fresh, supported by firm, well-integrated tannins and balsamic acidity. Shows power and balance, in the modern style. Drink now through 2031."

93 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Feb 28, 2019

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Valenciso 10 Años Después (2007) - "Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, oak-spiced red/blue fruit aromas pick up mocha, cola and vanilla accents with air. Lush and seamless on the palate, showing strong spicy thrust to its cherry-vanilla, boysenberry, rose pastille and spicecake flavors. Stains the palate and shows impressive depth of flavors, with no excess weight. Finishes sweet, supple and very long, with discreet tannins and a repeating blue fruit note. "

93 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso 10 Años Después (2007) - "Showing some maturing, earthy aromas with grilled red-pepper and meaty notes, this is in savory mode. The palate has intensity and detail and attractive, juicy dark plums. Drink or hold."

93 Points
James Suckling,, Aug 2, 2018

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Valenciso 10 Años Después (2007) - "This opaque and midnight purple colored Tempranillo from Valenciso is impressive and showing very nicely. It opens with a ripe plum and gentle black raspberry bouquet with a hint of soy. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, nicely balanced and smooth. The flavor profile is a flinty mineral infused blackberry with nicely integrated cedar with hints of plum, date and fig in the background. The finish is dry and its tannins are managed, but are very sticky. This Tempranillo is very steak friendly and would pair well with chuck-eye steak. Enjoy."

92 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Dec 17, 2018

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Overview: Founded for the 1998 vintage by Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso, (Val-Enciso), Rioja natives with extensive careers in the making and commercialization of fine Rioja wines. Valenciso's objective is to produce a flagship wine combining the best characteristics of both traditional and modern Rioja, released exclusively as Reserva. Aromatic volume and fruit integrity is the Valenciso ideal. Vineyards established in chalky-clay soils at Rioja Alta's northwestern extreme are organically farmed. Fermentation, malolactic and clarification are accomplished naturally in modern-construction cement vats.

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History: Founded for the 1998 vintage by Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso, (Valen-Ciso, Val-en-THEECE-oh), Rioja natives with extensive experience in the making, tasting and commercialization of Rioja wines. Minority partners include former managers of Radoux, makers of the finest French oak barriques, and growers in the best areas of the Rioja Alta.

Valenciso's objective is to produce a single wine of the highest quality and authenticity, released as Reserva. Only the best Tempranillo grapes are used, from mature, low-yielding vineyards. Of the available fruit from the grower-partners, only a small percentage is selected. Careful harvesting is timed to capture the intensity of the fruit, while avoiding overripeness or excessive alcohol levels. Aromatic volume rather than physical weight - in the manner of French Burgundy and the greatest Riojas of the past - is the Valenciso ideal. Aging takes place in the finest cork-grade (flor) French oak barriques, one-third replaced each year. Time in oak is dependent upon vintage characteristics, and is determined upon exhaustive tasting. Valenciso's impeccable sense of proportion demonstrates rare winemaking maturity. Perfect balance offers early accessibility, while the evident structure, fresh acidity and fruit intensity promise many years of positive bottle evolution.

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