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A Rioja Day Salute to Bodegas Valdemar


On Día de la Rioja – June 9, Rioja Day – the popular blog The Fermented Fruit is highlighting Bodegas Valdemar, saluting the winery for its “passionate history of innovation” and its excellent wines. From the post:

Whether you decide to seek out and experiment with one of their unique single-varietal offerings, more modern Inspiracion Valdemar wines, or choose to savor a more classic Conde de Valdemar Rioja, you can rest assured that this 5th generation family-owned winery is producing wines of quality and substance that represent a solid value to consumers.

The post on Bodegas Valdemar includes reviews of three wines:

91 points: Conde de Valdemar Finca Alto Cantabria 2013: Produced from 100% Viura, barrel fermented and aged in French oak for three months. It is a straw yellow in the glass. The nose is immediately clean and pure with aromas of white peach and apple interlaced with white flowers, lemon curd and wet stone. The mouthfeel is softly textured with an almost weightless, mineral inflected personality. It develops a subtle spice note with air and finishes with crisp, cleansing acidity. Bodegas Valdemar describes this wine as elegant and versatile and I couldn’t agree more.

89 points: Inspiracion Valdemar Seleccion 2010: Produced from 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 10% Maturana and aged 10 months in French (80%) and American oak (20%). A dark crimson red. There are fragrant aromas of blackberry, sour cherry, smoke, vanilla and camphor emanating from the glass. In the mouth this stylish, modern expression of Rioja delivers a nice core of dark fruit complemented by hints of licorice, spice and smokey camphor. It finishes with vibrant acidity and a touch of taut tannin. Though this is a more ripe, fruit-forward style, it never comes close to being jammy. This vintage of Inspiracion Valdemar earned the impressive distinction of being ranked #34 amongst the ‘Most Exciting Wines of 2013′ by Wine Spectator. A solid value that’s equally at home on the dinner table as it is being enjoyed solo.

91 points: Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2005: Considered Bodegas Valdemar’s ‘Jewel in the Crown’, the Gran Reserva is produced from 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano and sees 28 months in French and American oak barrels. The color is a vivid dark crimson red. The perfumed nose reveals dusty sour cherry, roses, leather and tobacco framed by black licorice and smoke. It’s medium-bodied and sports a smooth, sleek texture. The aromas on the nose are well delineated on the palate which shows good depth. The tannins are nearly fully revolved and the lengthy, toasty finish is livened by vibrant acidity. This classic expression of Rioja is entirely too easy to drink…

See the full article on Bodegas Valdemar on The Fermented Fruit!

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