The earlier Valsacros were made from a field selection of the older vineyards. Now, thanks to a new wine facility, Valsacro Dioro is produced with a four-stage selection process that includes an initial field selection of the fruit followed by a second table selection as the grapes come into the winery. After fermentation wine from selected tanks is transferred to new French oak barrels for 12-14 months of barrel age. Finally, the best barrels are set aside for this Dioro.
"The 2005 Dioro was produced from a stricter selection and was aged in new French oak for 12-14 months. A saturated purple color, it displays a brooding bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, espresso, truffle, and blackberry. Dense and loaded on the palate, it has gobs of ripe black fruit, excellent balance, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will continue to blossom over the next 3-4 years and have a drinking window extending from 2014 to 2025."
The Wine Advocate
"Hefty and a tiny bit herbal on the nose, with tomato, red berry and spice aromas. The palate is perfectly formed and balanced, with roasted berry, smoked meat and earthy flavors. Turns juicy and dry on what amounts to a tight finish. Excellent modern Rioja to drink now through 2015."
"Glass-staining ruby. Extremely perfumed, oak-accented nose displays cherry-vanilla and blackberry preserves, with a sexy floral note and building spiciness. Full-bodied and velvety, offering palate-coating flavors of macerated cherry, dark berries and vanilla bean. Finishes very long and sweet, with persistent spiciness and a hint of smoke. An extremely attractive and balanced example of the modern style."
International Wine Cellar
Smooth & Supple
A very approachable wine; super color, great legs; pleasant on the palate. Optimally should be aged a few more years to deepen the experience; right now its a little fruity.
Big & Bold
We shared our first bottle of this Rioja with friends to see if the reviews did it justice. The wine was a bit plummier than anticipated, but most of our guests enjoyed it. Some commented that it had lots of tannin, but I did not find that to be the case. Overall, it was well enjoyed but tough to pair with specific foods.
Smooth & Supple
King of flat and disappointing. It may be past its prime. It may required extended decanting.