Valenciso 10 Anos Rioja 2008


The 2008 is just the third release of this leftfield Rioja and arguably the finest to date. Bottled in 2018, hence the name ’10 Years After’, the extended ageing in concrete results in no loss of colour and only seems to intensify the wine’s fruit purity and aromatic expression. Meanwhile the striking palate is both silky and savoury with a wonderful harmony of all components. It remains incredibly fresh and youthful with blackcurrant and pine-scented fruit and a deep core of iodine-like complexity and fine tannins to close. Something very, very special.

The purity of the 2008 10 Años Después transports me to the Rioja wines from yesteryear, even if the élevage was quite different from those wines. This matured in concrete for four and a half years and then spent five and a half years in oak barrels from the Caucasus. It seems to have more stuffing than the 2007, and the oak is also better integrated. It feels young – you wouldn’t guess it’s already ten years old – and it has the textbook aromas from Rioja. This should have a long and positive development in bottle. 94+ points. Luis Gutiérrez, The Wine Advocate #243

As its name indicates, this small cuvée of 4,000 bottles is released ten years after the harvest. Made from just three top parcels, it’s more structured and robust than the Valenciso Reserva, with slightly marked oak but the same freshness and vivacity. This will live for some time yet. 2019-28. 94 points, Tim Atkin, 2019 Rioja Special Report

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