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Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso

Valenciso Blanco 2018

Price: $35.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso
Vintage Year: 2018
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja


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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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 (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, Mar 1, 2017

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

Tim Atkin MW, , Feb 1, 2016

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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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