Valserrano Rioja Reserva 2005
The wine was made from 90% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano grapes from our best vineyards. Temperature-controlled fermentation was followed by a 12-day maceration. After aging for 24 months in a selection of 60% French and 40% American oak barrels, the wine was bottled in September 2008.
Leather and clove on the nose and also has a teeny tiny hint of eucalyptus like a good South American Malbec would have. Nice ripe red fruits on the palate with a touch of chocolate and some earthiness. Not what I'd define as a "chewy" wine but has enough body to get your attention. Color is a beautiful dark ruby. Fairly big tannins with decent length on the finish. Mid priced but outperforms most in its price range. Decent QPR. Would not hesitate to pull this out of the cellar with guests over.
Food Pairings for Valserrano Rioja Reserva
Rioja is meant to age, though not necessarily in your cellar; instead, the Reservas and Gran Reservas of Rioja have been aged for you down in the cellars of the bodegas. But with a vintage such as 2005 and a bodega such as Valserrano, this wine is chock full of intense character, and a few years in the bottle will allow the black and red fruit complexity nearly hidden inside this bottle to blossom.
100000 bottles produced.
Aged 24 months in American Oak.
Aged 24 months in French Oak.
Notes: French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels
|Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter|