Conde de Valdemar Rioja Inspiracion 2008

Tempranillo from Rioja, Spain

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Item No. 123768
  • red wine
  • RP90
  • W&S90
Style: Earthy & Spicy

Wine Style Guide

Light & Fruity

Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.

Smooth & Supple

Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.

Earthy & Spicy

Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.

Big & Bold

Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.

Alcohol By Volume: 13.5%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
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Winemaker's Notes

Inspiracion Valdemar has a bright red cherry color with violet glints. On the nose, it displays complex and ripe blackberry aromas, combined with subtle spicy notes. Fleshy, tasty and meaty on its passage through the mouth, displaying balsamic notes. It reveals a rounded and long finish.

It is a great match with stewed and grilled meat, as well as with dry and semi-dry cheeses. Perfect for all kinds of Iberian and non-Iberian cold meats.

Critical Acclaim

"The 2008 Inspiracion Valdemar is a blend of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano aged for 10 months in French and American oak. Smoke, Asian spices, incense, and violets merge with succulent blackberries leading to a rich, forward, plush offering that can be enjoyed now through 2018."
90 Points

"This vintage blends tempranillo with 10% graciano and four percent maturana, aged mostlin in French oak. The fruit has the coolness of forest berries, dark and fragrant; the wine is firm and juicy, lasting on wood spice. "
90 Points

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Zhlmsd - Boston, MA (read all my reviews)

Rating:
(4/15/2014)
Style: Earth & Spicy
Literally reminiscent of drinking a cigar. Softened a tad with lots of air, but never opened to flavor beyond the heavy tobacco.
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Learn About Conde de Valdemar Map ItMap It

The Martinez Bujanda family, producers of Valdemar wines, founded their original winery in 1889. They own 820 acres of vineyards, which makes Valdemar one of the largest estates in the Rioja. A new winery was built in 1984 to take advantage of modern technologies, integrating both new and time-honored traditions of winemaking.

Learn About Rioja

(ree-OH-hah) This highly regarded area of Spain makes some of the best Tempranillo-based wines in the world. Once the only DOCa (recently joined by Priorat in 2001), Rioja is divided into 3 sub-regions: Rioja Baja, Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa. There are 4 red varieties and 3 white varieties allowed in the Rioja DOC. Tempranillo definitely takes center stage, followed by Garnacha...

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Learn About Tempranillo

Tempranillo(temp-ruh-NEE-oh) Grape that Reigns in Spain Most often associated with Spain, Tempranillo is the backbone of wines made in the well-known Spanish regions Rioja and Ribera del Duero. On the scale of light to heavy, Tempranillo lands towards the light side. It tends to be higher in acid and lower in alcohol - common for Old World ...

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