Valenciso

Rioja 10 Years Old Limited Edition – 2012

Region: Spain - La Rioja

Valenciso

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

Estate vineyards in Ollauri, in the north of Rioja Alta.

  • Altitude: 1663 feet/507 meters
  • Soils: Clay-calcareous
  • Vine Age: over 75 years
  • Dry farmed
  • Sustainably farmed in 2012
Harvest Notes
  • 2012 had both drought and heat
  • Scarce precipitation – 191 liters vs. 485 average
  • Warmer summer
  • Cool September aided even ripening, with large diurnal temperature swings
  • Hand harvested small, healthy berries and low yields
  • Fermented using only indigenous yeasts
  • Aged 5 years in concrete vats
  • After fermentation, aged 40 months in lightly toasted, 2nd passage Caucasian oak barrels
Winemaker's Notes

This remarkable wine is only made in select vintages. “10 Anos Despues” is bottled 10 years after the harvest. A marvel of elegance and minerality with mouth-filling texture and aroma.  The wine retains remarkable freshness  – a surprising liveliness with depth – and the capacity to age and improve in bottle for many years.

Wine Summary

100% Tempranillo; alcohol: 15%; estate vineyards in Ollauri, northern part of Rioja Alta; vines planted at 1663 feet in clay-calcareous soil; sustainably farmed; vines over 75 years old; hand harvested small berries; fermented using only indigenous yeasts; aged in concrete vats over 5 years; continued aging in 2nd passage Caucasian oak barrels for 40 months; created only in select vintages.

Technical Information
  • 100% Tempranillo
  • Alcohol: 14.5%

Reviews

94 Points

The subtle, elegant and complex 2012 10 Años Después (10 years after!) matured for four years in concrete followed by four more years in Caucasian oak barrels that polished it. It has an incredible 15% alcohol, which doesn’t show at all, and the wine comes through as balanced and elegant, powerful too but with no excess. It finished very tasty. 2022 – 2028

Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso are Valenciso, which is a combination of both of their last names. They have farmed their 31 hectares of vines organically since 2017, but their wines do not carry certification. They produce some 150,000 bottles that age in 1,500 barriques. They are one of the modern-classical or classical-modern Rioja producers.

© Wine Advocate, July, 2022

91 Points

This shows deep black and blue-fruit character with hints of licorice, bark, wet soil and chocolate. Soft, crunchy and juicy with medium to full body, creamy tannins and spicy notes to close. Drink or hold.

jamessuckling.com, September, 2022

95 Points

Ten Years After, as a British rock band was called, is a good name for a wine too. This pure Tempranillo from the hot 2012 vintage was fermented in concrete before ageing in Caucasian oak. Spicy and well-structured, with leather, tobacco and dark berry fruit flavours and a sweet, balsamic finish. Appealingly mature. 2024 – 2035

Tim Atkin MW-timatkin.com, February, 2023

94 Points

EDITORS’ CHOICE

A blend of Viura and Garnacha Blanca, this wine has a nose of Bartlett pear, apple tart, and a touch of fennel pollen. It offers a gorgeous combination of bright lemon and pineapple flavors alongside soft notes of cocoa butter, fennel bulb and rose petal.

Wine Enthusiast, April, 2024

91 Points

The 2012 10 Años Después is 100% Tempranillo from Ollauri, Rioja Alta, aged in oak barrels. Displaying a garnet color with a bricked sheen, this cherry-liqueur-like wine presents aromas of thyme and dried figs. With a dry and rich profile (15% alcohol), the overwhelmingly silky palate lingers with a delightful cherry flavor. 2024 – 2030

Vinous, April, 2024

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