Valenciso

Rioja Reserva – 2015

Region: Spain - La Rioja

Valenciso

Valencisco was founded in 1998 by Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso, (Valen-Ciso, Val-en-THEECE-oh), Rioja natives with extensive experience in Rioja. 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 single wine of the highest quality and authenticity, 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 overripeness or excessive alcohol levels. Aromatic volume 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 is dependent upon vintage characteristics and is determined upon exhaustive tasting. The wines of Valenciso are balanced offering early accessibility, with evident structure, fresh acidity and fruit intensity promising many years of bottle evolution.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

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

  • Altitude: 1663-2000 feet/507-610 meters
  • Soils: Clay-calcareous, chalky-white
  • Vineyards benefit from Altantic ocean influence
  • Sustainably farmed, currently using organic practices
Harvest Notes

Warm autumn, cold and rainy winter, dry and warm spring. A cool summer except July. And great weather in September, with continuous North winds, giving the best conditions for final ripenening.

  • Hand harvested 10/3 – 10/13/2015
  • Fermented in concrete vats
  • Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in April 2016
  • Aged 19 months in 95% French, 5% Caucasian oak
  • Wine transfered back to concrete vats for 12 months to naturally stabilize and settle

 

Winemaker's Notes

Elegant, fragrant and persistent.

Wine Summary

100% Tempranillo; alcohol: 14.5%; Ollauri, Briones, Rodezno, Haro and Villalba estate vineyards in the north of Rioja Alta between 1663-2000 feet; clay-calcareous soils; hand harvested October 3 – 13; fermented in concrete vats using only indigenous yeasts; spontaneous fermentation April 2016; aged 19 months in 95% French, 5% Caucasian oak; wine transferred to concrete for 12 months to naturally settle before bottling.

Technical Information
  • 100% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

General Info

COUNTRY SPAIN
REGION LA RIOJA
APPELLATION D.O.C. RIOJA, SUB APPELLATION Rioja Alta
PROPRIETORS Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
FOUNDED 1998
WINEMAKER Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso
ANNUAL PRODUCTION 9,166 9L cases
FARMING (SUSTAINABLE, ORGANIC, BIODYNAMIC) Organically farmed since 2006 – no herbicides, pesticides or insecticides