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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Bodegas Valsacro Dioro Rioja 2005
Bodegas Valsacro Dioro Rioja 2005
(search item no. 116072)
International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $19.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2001 The Wine Advocate rating: 96 points
2001 Wine Enthusiast rating: 93 points

Winemaker's Notes:

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.
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About Bodegas Valsacro:

The Escudero family has been making wine and growing grapes for generations in the rugged, semi-desert foothills around Grávalos in the southwestern corner of the Rioja Baja region. Over the last 15 years or so, the Escudero brothers led by Bordeaux-trained winemaker Amador have transformed the small family "bodega" into a major Rioja wine producer. The changes have come gradually and in addition to the new winery at Pradejón (near Calahorra) they have greatly extended vineyard acreage, a very successful "cava" sparkling wine venture (one of the few non-Catalonian cava makers), and extensive Chardonnay plantings (disallowed in Rioja, but OK for cava).