This is a wonderful introduction to Rioja wine. Classic cherry cola nose. The palate is medium bodied and wondrously soft. Plums, cherries, violets, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very ripe, soft tannins. Drinking well now, but with years ahead of it. WWC, December 2018
Laderas de Cabama is a second red wine from Valenciso, crafted from the Estate’s younger vines. The Tempranillo vines are 35 years old. Substantially younger than the vines that feed the Estate’s Valenciso Reserva. Sourced from a single-vineyard of Cabama, on the clay/limestone soils of Ollauri (Rioja Alta). The wine was initially crafted at the behest of Valenciso’s US importer, who was looking for an entry level cuvée to support the estate’s single Reserva red. While the wine doesn’t have the density and power of the old-vine bottling, it’s pretty close. 2012 was a low yielding intense vintage. Naturally fermented, vinified in concrete vats and aged in low toast French and Russian oak for just 12 months. Bottled unfined. It’s juicy, structured and delicately oaked Rioja, with liquorice, cherry, and tangy red fruit supported by fine slippery tannins, and enough concentration to enable further age in bottle.