2016 Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Reserva

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2016 Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Reserva

One of the smallest and most prestigious wineries in Spain.

Marrying Tempranillo with 10% Graciano, it's compact, focused, and well-balanced, with crunchy black cherry and blackberry fruit framed by spicy, aromatic oak.

Tasting Notes 

Aged for 24 months in American and French oak. 

Nose

Deep violet with chocolate and vanilla

Palate

Compact focused, and well-balanced, with crunchy black cherry and blackberry fruit mocha, soft cinnamon, and smooth vanilla framed by spicy, aromatic oak.

2016 Bodegas de la Marquesa Valserrano Reserva

Producer

Valserrano is a long established family Bodega that lies in the best part of the region, on the limestone ridges of the Alavesa area in the Rioja Alta near Haro. It is based on the same principal as a good French Château which is to use fruit only from their own vineyards, set rigorous standards in the cellars and, following fermentation in stainless steel, they age the wine in oak part of which is renewed each year. The wines have elegance and pungency combined with the soft spicy allure that only well made Tempranillo can offer. They are very good indeed and have received really high score from renowned wine critics

Vineyards

Valserrano estate lies on 65 hectares of vineyards that belong to the family. The domaine is planted with 80% of Tempranillo, the basis of any good Rioja wine and Mazuelo, Garnacha, Graciano and Viura.

The family recently planted a vineyard with Maturana red and another with Chardonnay to see how these minority varieties perform in the Rioja Alavesa. Once fermented, their wine mature in underground natural cellars over 200 years old.

Accolades

  • Received 92 points at Decanter’s Affordable Excellence Red Rioja Tasting Panel, November 2022
  • 93 points Tim Atkin's Rioja 2022 Special Report

          Specifications

          Year 2016
          Bottle Size 750ml
          Cultivar 90% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano
          Country Spain

          Alcohol content

          14% alc vol 
          Units of alcohol per bottle 10.5 units
          Type Red Wine
          Allergy Information Contains sulphites
          Cellaring potential

          Drinking now until 2025

          Food Matches Rioja is a very versatile wine for food matching. Steaks and roasted lamb dishes are a fantastic pairing but do try with some simple tapas such as spicy or sweet Artisan Chorizo, or Iberico Pata Negra cured ham with some cheeses.
          Appellation Alavesa, D.O.Ca Rioja