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Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso

Valenciso Reserva 2014

Price: $45.00 (average US retail)
Size: 750ml
Winery: Compañía Bodeguera Valenciso
Vintage Year: 2014
Country: Spain
Region: La Rioja
Appellation: D.O.C. Rioja

TASTING NOTES

100 percent Tempranillo is fermented and patiently settled in cement before aging a minimum of 12 months in fine grained French oak, one-third new. A polished, tightly wound and elegant wine with refined floral/spice aromatics is supported by fine tannins for a silky texture, leading to a persistent finish of red berries and subtle oak. Blossoms with air and will age gracefully for years, in the manner of top Burgundy.

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PRESS

Valenciso Reserva (2011) - "Richer and more concentrated than the superlative 2010, but with slightly less acidity, this pure Tempranillo is another triumph from Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso. Floral, spicy and focused, with a sturdy backbone of tannin and notes of black fruits and orange zest. Wines of the Year List Top 100."

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

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Valenciso Reserva (2011) - "Limpid ruby-red. Smoke-tinged aromas of candied cherry and singed plum, along with building vanilla and espresso accents. Juicy and supple on the palate, offering concentrated and appealingly sweet red and blue fruit and spicecake flavors that deepen slowly on the back half. Harmonious tannins add shape and gentle grip to the finish, which hangs on with strong, floral- and spice-tinged persistence."

92 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso Reserva (2011) - "This smells and tastes like the food you might encounter at dinner in Rioja, from spicy piquillo peppers to grilled lamb chops. Those animal and vegetal notes meet enough berry fruit to create a complex traditional style of Rioja with the tight, rosy scent of black tea. Best Riojas of 2018."

92 Points
Wine & Spirits Magazine, Dec 1, 2018

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Valenciso Reserva (2011) - "A powerful and rich, maturing Rioja with an elegant balance of polished tannins and lively blackberries and blueberries. If the fresh finish was a bit longer, this would rate even higher. Drink or hold."

92 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug 2, 2018

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Valenciso Reserva (2011) - "This dark red colored Tempranillo from Rioja opens with a new leather and black cherry bouquet. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced and juicy. The flavor profile is an oak influenced raspberry with nicely integrated gentle minerality with a hint of sloe plum. The finish is dry and its mild flinty tannins and flavors linger nicely. The Panel suggested pairing this Tempranillo with duck confit. Enjoy."

90 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 14, 2019

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "A hit with our judges, this Gold winner was praised…for its ‘lovely damson fruit, mouthwatering acidity, really long palate and fresh finish', describing it as ‘a textbook Reserva'; ‘biscuit, toasted oak and black fruits'; ‘bright redcurrant, cedar and tobacco notes'; and ‘smooth tannins and great acidity leave you with red apples and blueberries on the finish.' 'Congratulations to Valenciso, by the way – amazing how, in an always-large number of entries, it rises to the top.'"

Gold Medal
Sommelier Wine Awards 2018, May 2, 2018

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "Even better than the two releases that preceded it, the 2010 is a brilliant Tempranillo that highlights the qualities of the remarkable 2010 vintage. Fresh, balanced and nuanced, it combines subtle oak with delicate tannins, supported by acidity and showing savoury, spicy fruit."

96 Points
Tim Atkin MW, Apr 1, 2017

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "Vivid red. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, mineral-laced red and blue fruits, incense, oak spices and cola. Sappy, palate-staining boysenberry, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors show excellent depth, while a spine of juicy acidity adds lift and back-end cut. Rich yet poised; an impressively long, smooth, gently tannic finish leaves a sexy floral pastille note behind."

93 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "A firm and silky wine with sweet berry and hints of cedar. Tight and focused with linear backbone and long finish. Very fine. Drink now."

92 Points
James Suckling, jamessuckling.com, Aug 1, 2017

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "Notes of earthy, clove and all spice carry the nose. This is full, juicy and popping on the palate. Flavors of raspberry, mixed spices and exotic tea finish with red-berry leftovers and even more spice notes. Drink through 2028."

91 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Feb 1, 2018

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Valenciso Reserva (2010) - "Dried cherry, berry, tea, tobacco, vanilla and spice flavors mingle in this lean, gentle red. Modest tannins and light acidity keep this lively as the elements float across the palate and glide into a spicy finish. Graceful, in the traditional style. Drink now through 2022."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 1, 2017

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Valenciso Reserva (2009) - "Bright ruby-red. Aromas of ripe red berries and cherry on the pungent nose, along with suggestions of musky earth, tobacco and mocha. Sweet and broad on the palate, showing the richness of the year in its lush, broad raspberry and cherry liqueur flavors. Finishes on a sappy note, with building spiciness, lingering cherry character and sneaky tannins that add gentle final grip."

93 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Feb 1, 2019

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Valenciso Reserva (2009) - "The nose here shows discreet dark berries, walnuts and some dried bark in the background. Full-bodied with fine tannins and a long finish. Pretty polish and austerity. Drink or hold."

93 Points
JamesSuckling.com, Mar 1, 2017

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Valenciso Reserva (2009) - "Spicy earthy briary aromas include a note of cola along with requisite berry and cassis scents. A slightly choppy mouthfeel and flavors of blueberry, cardamom, herbs and oak define the palate, while this finishes fruity and open. "

92 Points
Wine Enthusiast, Jul 1, 2017

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Valenciso Reserva (2009) - "Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso founded this bodega in 1998, working with estate vineyards in La Rioja Alta to focus on one red wine. They age it in French oak barrels, one-third new, and yet the wine feels traditionally Riojana in the best sense: red fruited, rosy, tense and smoky, with the kind of lip-smacking complexity that brings you back for a second glass. It's as if the French oak brings out the succulence in the fruit without overriding its brightness and savor."

91 Points
Wine & Spirits, Dec 1, 2016

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Valenciso Reserva (2009) - "This red is round yet firm, offering plum, tobacco and meaty flavors, with firm tannins and orange-peel acidity. Focused, with tar and mineral notes adding depth and interest."

91 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Nov 15, 2016

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Valenciso Reserva (2008) - "This ruby colored Tempranillo from Rioja opens with a gentle black raspberry bouquet with a hint of strawberry rhubarb and oak. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied, balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a tasty mild red raspberry and strawberry blend with nicely integrated gentle oak. The finish is rather dry and its flavors are nicely prolonged. The Panel suggested pairing this with veal medallions sautéed in a mushroom, shallot butter sauce. Enjoy - KWGTP"

91 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Mar 17, 2016

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Valenciso Reserva (2008) - "Brilliant ruby. Sexy, high-pitched red and dark berry scents are complemented by vanilla, cola and pipe tobacco. Sweet, palate-staining blackberry and cherry flavors are given definition and spine by juicy acidity. Supple tannins add shape to the wine's intense, sappy fruit on the long finish. Drink now - 2023."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, Vinous, Nov 1, 2015

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Valenciso Reserva (2008) - "Second Growth. 2015 Rioja Classification."


Tim Atkin MW, , Feb 1, 2016

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Valenciso Reserva (2007) - "Bright ruby. Vibrant redcurrant, cherry and floral aromas, along with hints of anise and tobacco. Silky and open-knit, offering tangy red fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Becomes sweeter with air while maintaining very good energy and lift. Closes taut and spicy, with supple tannins coming in slowly and adding grip. In a nervy, racy style, but with plenty of appealingly sweet fruit that makes for immediate gratification."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2014

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Valenciso Reserva (2007) - "Complexity meets authenticity in Valenciso's masterful reserva. With good balance, sweet tannins and a welcome freshness, charcoal and chocolate kick off proceedings, alongside earthy notes of mushroom. 'Mellow, silky and fresh, with balsamic and liquorice notes, this is deep with a lingering finish,' said a happy Roger Jones of The Harrow at Little Bedwyn. Food tips range from beetroot to chorizo or roast lamb with artichokes. #Mmm!"

2014 Gold List (Fine Wine of the Year)
Sommelier Wine Awards, Jul 1, 2014

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Valenciso Reserva (2006) - "Classically styled. Very driven palate with sweet red fruits and prominent acidity. A lively wine with a very long finish."

96 Points
Ben Henshaw, Decanter, Sep 1, 2013

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Valenciso Reserva (2006) - "Traditional, classical style with fresh acidity and ripe but structured tannins. Black coffee and sweet spice. Precise and long finish. Delicious, complex and multi-layered."

96 Points
Annette Scarfe, Decanter, Sep 1, 2013

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Valenciso Reserva (2006) - "Excellent. A unique expression from Rioja with balanced tannins, minerality and a spicy finish."

96 Points
Pedro Ballesteros, Decanter, Sep 1, 2013

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Valenciso Reserva (2006) - "Ruby-red.  Sexy, floral-accented aromas of redcurrant and cherry, with cola and cedary oak notes adding complexity.  Supple and seamless on the palate, distinguished by sweet red fruit flavors and a deeper note of licorice.  Finishes on a smoky note, with very good energy and lift."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 1, 2012

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Valenciso Reserva (2005) - "Smooth and inviting from the start, with floral aromas, popping cherry and ripe plum on the bouquet. Feels fresh and forward, with black cherry, cola, baked plum and spice flavors. Gets it right all the way through, with smoothness and chocolaty oak on the finish. Drink now through 2015."

92 Points
Michael Schachner, Wine Enthusiast, Apr 1, 2012

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Valenciso Reserva (2005) - "Smooth and aromatic, with rich black fruit and herbaceous spice aromas, over earthy minerals. Soft and round on the palate, offering mature blackberry, black cherry, and plum flavors, with vanilla oak and earthy notes. Smooth tannins on the long finish. Balanced and delicious. Rosemary roasted loin of lamb."


Santé, Sep 1, 2012

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Valenciso Reserva (2004) - "This bright ruby colored offering from Rioja has a lot of Zinfandel characteristics. It opens with a spicy red raspberry bouquet with a hint of ripe red cherry. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, well balanced, and smooth. The flavor profile is a juicy black raspberry with notes of black licorice and strawberry. There was also a hint of prune detected. The finish is dry and it's rather big tannins stick around for quite sometime. This wine would pair well with spaghetti with spicy Italian sausage."

91.3 Points
Ken Hoggins, Ken's Wine Guide, Sep 28, 2009

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Valenciso Reserva (2004) - "Powerful aromas of dried cherry, black raspberry, dark chocolate, tobacco and sexy oak spices. Sweet, creamy red and dark berry and cherry compote flavors are framed by velvety tannins and become spicier with air. A zesty mineral note carries into the finish. Deeply flavored in the style of the vintage, but this wine possesses very good energy too. Finishes with alluring sweetness and excellent cling. This is built for the long haul."

91 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Sep 17, 2009

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Valenciso Reserva (2002) - "Founded in 1998, a joint venture by Riojans Luis Valentin and Carmen Enciso with other minority partners. They produce one modern wine released as a Reserva, from low-yielding vineyards. The wine is fruit forward offering aromas of strawberry, plum, earth and cedar, followed by a soft attack of sour cherry and spice, good balance and a firm finish. Good aging potential."

89 Points
i-winereview.com, Aug 26, 2008

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Valenciso Reserva (2001) - "Dark red. Deep, smoky and sweet on the nose, showing ripe strawberry, candied cherry and cured tobacco aromas, along with more subtle notes of roasted coffee, vanilla bean and musky underbrush. Lush, supple and round but firmed by gentle tannins. The ripe red fruit flavors are deep, concentrated and tinged by gentle oak spices. Sexy, sweet and impressively persistent on the finish. Serve this with a braised lamb or game dish."

90 Points
Josh Raynolds, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2006

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Valenciso Reserva (2001) - "Deep ruby-red. Dark cherry, chocolate, mocha and smoky, cedary oak on the nose. Supple, lush and suave, with classic Rioja flavors of plum, cedar and chocolate, nicely shaped by ripe acidity. Shows the fat of the year, with darker fruits and burnished oak tones emerging with aeration. Finishes with broad, ripe tannins. "

89 Points
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar, Oct 1, 2005

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Valenciso Reserva (2001) - "Lovely, silk, warm wine made with loving care by this tiny bodega"

*****
Dectanter Online, Jan 1, 2006

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Valenciso Reserva (2000) - "Pure, sweet cherry fruit notes are well integrated with fine-grained tannin."

Very Good
Michael Franz, The Washington Post, Oct 6, 2004

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Valenciso Reserva (2000) - "Clean and strong. There is everything here: fruit-tannins balance. Needs time. Good length. 5-10 years."

Silver Medal
Decanter Magazine, Oct 1, 2004

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Valenciso Reserva (2000) - "Black cherry, licorice and vanilla flavors float over firm tannisn in this modern red. It's straightforward, fresh and lively."

86 Points
Thomas Matthews, Wine Spectator, Sep 1, 2004

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Valenciso Reserva (2000) - "Soft, smooth and cherry-scented. One of 'The 50 Greatest Red Riojas.'"


David Rosengarten, The Rosengarten Report, Aug 30, 2004

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Valenciso Reserva (1999) - "Some oak, cold tea nose, with a hint of figs and walnuts. Some good fine notes and style, pleasant gentle oak. 2 years. "

Silver Medal
Decanter Magazine, Oct 1, 2004

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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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