Rioja Blanco Barrel Fermented – 2022

Region: Spain - La Rioja


VALENCISO was born in 1998 when Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso (Valen-Ciso, Val-en-THEECE-oh), Rioja natives with extensive experience in the region, joined their surnames to make a single wine in the winery of their dreams in La Rioja Alta.

Minority partners include former managers of Radoux, makers of the finest French oak barriques, and growers in the best areas of the Rioja Alta.

Valenciso’s objective is to produce a limited number of wines of the highest quality and authenticity. The flagship wine is released as Reserva. The very best Tempranillo grapes come from mature, low-yielding vineyards. Careful harvesting is timed to capture the intensity of the fruit, while avoiding over ripeness or excessive alcohol levels. Aromatic lift rather than physical weight – in the manner of French Burgundy and the greatest Riojas of the past – is the Valenciso ideal. Aging takes place in the finest cork-grade (flor) French oak barriques, one-third replaced each year. Time in oak depends upon vintage characteristics and is determined after exhaustive tasting. The Valenciso wines are balanced offering early accessibility, structure, fresh acidity and fruit intensity promising many years of bottle evolution.

Cement tanks are used for winemaking because they respect the vividness and contribute to the wine’s longevity. Aging in French oak barrels gives elegance and richness.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

From Ollauri, Haro and Villalba estate vineyards in the north of Rioja Alta.

  • Altitude: 1663-2000 feet/507–610 meters
  • Soil: Clay-calcareous, chalky white
  • Vineyards benefit from cooling Altantic ocean influence
  • Farmed using organic practices
Harvest Notes
  • Dry winter, rain in March and April
  • Hot and dry May with continuing high temperatures and little rain
  • Later August rains and seasonal temperature balanced ripening
  • Very early hand harvesting 9/10 – 21/2023
  • Varieties fermented separately in lightly toasted oak barrels using only indigenous yeast
  • Blended and aged 8 months in barrel
Winemaker's Notes

A subtle nose of stone fruits. Elegant balance between fruit and oak on the palate with a rounded texture. Very fine richness and creaminess evolve on the persistent finish.

Wine Summary

70% Viura, 30% White Grenache, alcohol: 13.5%; very old estate vineyards in Ollauri, Haro Villalba in the north of Rioja Alta between 1663-2000 feet; clay-limestone soils; farmed using organic practices; each variety hand harvested and fermented separately in oak barrels; blended and aged 8 months in barrel.

Technical Information
  • 70%  Viura, 30% Grenache Blanc
  • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Total Acidity: 4.6 g/l
  • Extract: 18.4 g/l

General Info

PROPRIETORS Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
WINEMAKER Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Organically farmed since 2006 – no herbicides, pesticides or insecticides