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Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso

Valenciso Blanco 2015

Price: $34.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso
Vintage Year: 2015
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja

TASTING NOTES

A classic Rioja Blanco style with a modern interpretation. Originating from a very old vineyard of mixed grape varieties, Valenciso decided to produce this limited production white. Hand-harvested grapes are elaborated in Caucasian oak barrels for a gentle touch. Aromas of lively fruit show finesse with subtle creaminess, spice notes and restrained oak presence. Long, persistent and refined.

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PRESS

Valenciso Blanco (2017) - "Despite the difficulties of the 2017 growing season, with frosts that decimated the crop and a warm and dry spring and summer, the 2017 Valenciso Blanco shows extremely well and stands up to the 2016 that I tasted next to it. It's young and undeveloped, still very primary. The oak seems better integrated, and the wine doesn't show any signs of excess. The alcohol and acidity are similar to the 2016, and so is the varietal breakdown—Viura with 30% Garnacha Blanca. It's clean and elegant, in the house profile, not showy, a little shy but with more complexity and clout than might seem at first sight. This is a very pleasant surprise."

93+ Points
Luis Gutiérrez, Wine Advocate, Jun 30, 2019

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Valenciso Blanco (2017) - "Yields were down 40% because of the frost and smaller bunch sizes in 2017, so there will be less of this enjoyable blend of Viura and 30% Garnacha Blanca to go round, alas. Toasty, complex and refreshing with some leesy weight and notes of green apple, aniseed, and beeswax."

93 Points
Tim Atkin MW, Special Rioja Report, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso Blanco (2016) - "There are two unusual things about this wine: first it's a blend of Viura with 30% Garnacha Blanca; and second, it's fermented in Russian wood. Made with malolactic, the Valenciso Blanco is an old-vine cuvée of considerable intensity and finesse, with white flower aromas, notes of honeysuckle and aniseed and pithy, focused acidity."

94 Points
Tim Atkin MW, Special Rioja Report, Feb 8, 2018

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Valenciso Blanco (2016) - "They use only oak from the Caucasus for the barrel-fermented 2016 Valenciso Blanco, as they think the fine-grained wood allows for better balance between fruit and oak. It's a blend of Viura with 30% Garnacha Blanca from old vines in the villages of Villalba, Haro and Ollauri, fermented with indigenous yeasts and kept in 20% new barrels for six months. This is always elegant and balanced, true to the house style, a clean, classical, updated prole with character, freshness and very good balance. It's very tasty and long. "

92 Points
Luis Guitérrez, Wine Advocate, Feb 28, 2018

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Valenciso Blanco (2015) - "Limpid yellow-gold. Powerful aromas of candied citrus and orchard fruits, vanilla, iodine and fennel carry a sexy floral overtone. Fleshy and concentrated but lively as well, offering intense tangerine, poached pear, buttered toast and smoky mineral flavors that deepen steadily on the back half. Finishes smooth, spicy and very long, displaying lingering smokiness and a touch of poached pear."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso Blanco (2015) - "A perfumed and floral wine focused on white flowers, lemons and wet stone in terms of aromas. Fresh and flavorful on the palate too with plenty of dried-fruit notes. Drink now."

90 Points
JamesSuckling.com, Mar 1, 2017

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Valenciso Blanco (2014) - "The barrel-fermented white 2014 Valenciso Blanco is a blend of Viura with 30% Garnacha Blanca from old vines in the villages of Villalba, Haro and Ollauri; it fermented with indigenous yeasts and was kept in barrel until its bottling in June 2015. It felt very fresh, nuanced and elegant, with the oak in the background adding spiciness and complexity; the foreground is taken by very aromatic notes of flowers and a hint of pollen. The palate is fresh and balanced, nicely textured, very tasty with an almost salty finish. Delicious! 9,000 bottles produced."

92 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Aug 1, 2016

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Valenciso Blanco (2014) - "Second Growth. 2015 Rioja Classification."


Tim Atkin MW, , Feb 1, 2016

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Valenciso Blanco (2013) - "This wine is, year in, year out, among the best in its category... The white 2013 Valenciso Blanco, a barrel-fermented blend of Viura with 30% Garnacha Blanca, has notes of white fruit and flowers intermixed with balsamic aromas and well-integrated spicy/smoky notes...The palate has sweet fruit and good acidity, with very good persistence and a chalky minerality... Anything with their name is worth trying."

90 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Apr 1, 2015

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Valenciso Blanco (2012) - "The 2012 Valenciso Blanco is a blend of 70% Viura and 30% Garnacha Blanca from old head-pruned vineyards in Haro and Villalba that, after a cold-soak in cement vats, is fermented in Russian oak barrels with native yeasts where the wine ages for nine months with weekly battonage. It is extremely young and must have been very recently bottled. It displays a pale bright yellow color and a clean, subtle nose of flowers and white fruits, with the right amount of spice from the wood, which is very well-integrated into the wine. The perfectly balanced palate is intense, showing tension and precision, with perfumed flavors of ripe white fruit, spice and great acidity. It will get better with a bit of time in bottle. Only 5,400 bottles were produced. Drink 2014-2018."

92 Points
Luis Gutierrez, Wine Advocate, Dec 1, 2013

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Valenciso Blanco (2008) - "The 2008 Valenciso Blanco is made up of 70% Viura and 30% Garnacha Blanca that was barrel-fermented and aged sur lie with 8 months of batonnage in new Caucasian oak. Medium straw in color, it receives a significant uplift from the Garnacha Blanca component while displaying notes of popcorn, melon, spring flowers, and honey. Spicy on the palate with an excellent acid structure and serious grip, this lengthy effort is likely to evolve for 1-2 years and should drink nicely for 6-8 years. "

90 Points
Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, Apr 30, 2010

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COMPAñíA BODEGUERA VALENCISO WINERY INFO

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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