Valenciso Rioja DOCa Reserva 2012, Spain

Founded for the 1998 vintage by Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso, (Valen-Ciso), Rioja natives with extensive experience in the making, tasting and commercialization of Rioja wines. 100% Tempranillo aged 17 months in fine grained French oak. Highly polished, tightly wound and elegant wine with refined aromatics. Fine tannins provide a silky texture, leading to a persistent finish of red berries and sweet oak. Blossoms both in body and flavor with decantation and will age gracefully for years, in the manner of top Burgundy. Vineyards based in Rioja Alta, soil made from clay stone and calcareous lime, with a low production protocol of 5.000 kilos per hectare. Winemaking: Fermentation in small concrete tanks, maceration of 21 days, and aged in French barrique for 17 months. No clarification fining, just a very light filtration before bottling.

$36.99