Valdepeñas Wine

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Valdepeñas is wine region in the south of Castilla La Mancha. It is named after the ancient city, and is characterized by little rocky formations along its sweltering river valley. Hence the name, which means “Valley of Rocks.”

It was originally known for producing “Clarete,” a light red wine finished with almost a third white wine. The style is still produced, but by blending the musts instead of the finished wines. These were often stored and fermented in “tinajas,” clay pots, rather than barrels. But vinification has gone more modern now with the requisite barrels and steel casks. More modern too is the predilection for making wine in a wide range of styles from very young releases to finer, barrel aged reservas, as well as rosados. Though not as well known as wines from neighboring regions, they are often very value-driven and worth seeking out.
 
Much like its bigger sibling La Mancha, the main grapes grown are the red Cencibel (a.k.a. Tempranillo Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Grenache

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  • Macabeo

    Macabeo is Spain’s most widely planted grape. From there, it has made its way to southern France’s Roussillon region,...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Tempranillo

    History of the grape: Origins of Tempranillo are murky. It could be indigenous to the Spanish countryside, or it coul...

  • Airén

    n is a white Vinifiera variety, and is by acreage the most widely grown grape in the world. Native to Spain, this gra...

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  • Raices Tempranillo Crianza Valdepenas 2014

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    Lightly candied cherry and floral notes with a warm pie filling character with a creamy vanilla note. Soft, pleasant and red fruited on the palate with cherry, raspberry and red currant with a white blossom and vanilla notes, earthy tannins and mixed spice and a soft cherry finish. Very approachable, easy drinking and nicely fruity. 90 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Anciano Gran Reserva Tempranillo Valdepenas Anos 7 Years 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Happy B-day (late) Rob, looks like you celebrated appropriately.We're now ... inexpensive Spanish '08 Valdepenas Gran Reserva, 100% tempranillo, not bad for around £ Read More

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  • Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005

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    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Anciano Reserva Valdepenas 7 Year 2007

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    This is a burgundy/tawny color, with coppery tones around the edge. The aroma is delightful.....initial smells of cocoa, leather, baking spice (vanilla, cinnamon is most noted), oak and fresh berry fruits. The flavors follow suit, and after a few mins of chilling, they really come out upon re-warmth.....cherry vanilla, muted cinnamon, oaked to... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage


  • Venta Real Gran Reserva 2005

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    No written review

    Wine review by LetUsTaste


  • Garcia Carrion Pata Negra Gran Reserva 2005

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    Muito bom! Read More

    Wine review by Ricardo Mayrink


  • Anciano Tempranillo Gran Reserva Aged 10 Years 2002

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    Loved it. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Bodegas Navalon 'Anciano' Valdepeñas Reserva 2007

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    Lovely wine with deep berry flavors. Read More

    Wine review by calywa


  • Navarro Lopez Laguna de la Nava Grand Reserva Valdepenas Cl 2006

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    The wine is somewhat lighter in color than your typical rioja, but perhaps that ... internet that most wines of Valdepenas are meant to drink young, so having a 7-year-old bottle might not be a prize, but this one turned out well. It's somewhat lighter, tart and modestly refreshing for a red wine, making it ideal for the summer!See my full rev... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • I have a 1973 bottle of castillo de calatrava wine Reserva is it a good wine?

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  • I was given a bottle of 1981 Zencibel/Valapeñas/Dry Red Wine/from Spain, bottled by Visan, S.A. in Spain. Can anyone tell me more about the wine?

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