Rioja Reserva – 2015

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, 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

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