Valserrano Rioja Reserva 2005

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Rioja is meant to age, though not necessarily in your cellar; instead, the Reservas and Gran Reservas of Rioja have b...

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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 t... Read more

Black cherries, pepper, leather, and cedarwood. Great acidity and body, quite complex. Dusty texture and a long finish. Read more

Impressive. Full body, well structured, blackberries nose with nice oak undertones, long finish. Moderate tannins. Enjoyed it with Spanish chorizo ... Read more

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Snooth User: Onin24eagle
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4.00 5
05/07/2012

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.


Snooth User: Matt Walker
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2004 04/10/2012

Black cherries, pepper, leather, and cedarwood. Great acidity and body, quite complex. Dusty texture and a long finish.


Snooth User: Luscious
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 03/20/2011

Impressive. Full body, well structured, blackberries nose with nice oak undertones, long finish. Moderate tannins. Enjoyed it with Spanish chorizo and 'jamon serrano', which heighten the experience.


Snooth User: Drunk Dago
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/21/2011

On the nose, overwhelming notes of pomegranate. Also quite floral (rose petal, perfumed, potpourri). Also spice--pepper, cloves, and cinnamon. Riojas can be either muscular or elegant, depending on whether the Tempranillo or the Grenache shines through. I found this on the elegant side. That's not to dismiss it's excellent structure. Noticed a cough-syrup-like numbness on the throat. Very enjoyable. Got it for $19, which I think it quite good.


Snooth User: zenbiddie
49946312
4.00 5
Vintage: 2004 06/10/2010

deeply fruity rich mouthful of dark bright cherry plum clean finish with an astringent tang. highly recommend.


Winemaker's Notes:

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.

Tasting Notes:

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.

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.

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100000 bottles produced.

Aged 24 months in American Oak.

Aged 24 months in French Oak.

Notes: French (60%) and American (40%) oak barrels

Chemical Analysis:

Total Acidity: 0.58 grams per liter

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