Bodegas Valdemar Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2005
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Made with a blend of Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano from the bodega's oldest vineyards in the Rioja Alavesa, this is a Gran Reserva that lives up to its billing. Autumnal, aromatic and still fresh, with savoury sweetness, good acidity and backbone and a patina ofvanilla oak. 2019-25. Alcohol: 13.5
Hailed as the star red variety in Spain’s most celebrated wine region, Tempranillo from Rioja, or simply labeled, “Rioja,” produces elegant wines with complex notes of red and black fruit, crushed rock, leather, toast and tobacco, whose best examples are fully capable of decades of improvement in the cellar.
Rioja wines are typically a blend of fruit from its three sub-regions: Rioja Alta, Rioja Alavesa and Rioja Oriental, although specific sub-region (zonas), village (municipios) and vineyard (viñedo singular) wines can now be labeled. Rioja Alta and Alavesa, at the highest elevations, are considered to be the source of the brightest, most elegant fruit, while grapes from the warmer and drier, Rioja Oriental, produce wines with deep color, great body and richness.