Valserrano Crianza Rioja, Alavesa Bodegas de la Marquesa, DOC Rioja, Spain 2016
Valserrano is gaining a reputation amongst Rioja’s best, receiving high score from renowned wine critics. A well structured red with ripe black fruit flavours and hint of oak. Well balanced and good length.
The vineyards and winery are situated in Alava Villabuena, Rioja Alavesa. This family winery has been producing wine since 1880; they only use fruit only from their own vineyards and have rigorous standards in the cellars in order to create wines with elegance and pungency combined with the soft spicy allure that only well made Tempranillo can offer.
Received 91 Pts from Robert Parker's Wine Advocate & Tim Atkin. "Bodegas de la Marquesa is often described as a traditional producer, but its wines are not old-fashioned in the least. This smooth, floral, textured Crianza combines Tempranillo with 5% Mazuelo, aged in French and American wood, and has fresh red berry fruit and notes of forest floor and fresh tobacco." - 91 pts Tim Atken MW October 2019
- Award Winning: 90+ Points Wine
- Bio: Vegetarian and Vegan
- Grape Varieties: Tempranillo, Mazuelo
- Size of Bottle: 750ml
Valserrano is a long established family Bodega that lies in the best part of the region, on the limestone ridges of the Alavesa area in the Rioja Alta near Haro. It is based on the same principal as a good French Château which is to use fruit only from their own vineyards, set rigorous standards in the cellars and, following fermentation in stainless steel, they age the wine in oak part of which is renewed each year. The wines have elegance and pungency combined with the soft spicy allure that only well made Tempranillo can offer. They are very good indeed and have received really high score from renowned wine critics.
Valserrano estate lies on 65 hectares of vineyards that belong to the family. The domaine is planted with 80% of Tempranillo, the basis of any good Rioja wine and Mazuelo, Garnacha, Graciano and Viura. The family recently planted a vineyard with Maturana red and another with Chardonnay to see how these minority varieties perform in the Rioja Alavesa. Once fermented, their wine mature in underground natural cellars over 200 years old. All their cuvées have received great revue and usually receive over 90 points from world renown wine critics including Stephen Tanzer and Robert Parker. All their cuvée are under the Rioja DO.
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