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Viña Valoria Tempranillo Blend Rioja Crianza 1994

Member Review by tommyvino:

A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 10% Mazuelo (aka Carignan) aged at least 24 months in 225 L oak barrels and another 36 months in bottle then released in the 6th year. A pale garnet-brick color. An aromatic nose of baking spice, black tea, strawberry, chalk dust, and sweet pipe tobacco. The nose is aged though not as pronounced as the 92 Valoria Gran Reserva. Dry, medium to medium heavy bodied, tart acidity, grippy soft tannins, the palate is has plenty of flavor with sweet spice, red currant, cranberry, dried cherry, spicy pepper, and subtle earth tones. The finish is long with mouth watering acidity. Again the acidity here leads me to believe the on going potential this wine has considering the abundance of fruit left on the palate. Another classic Rioja style that I find absolutely enjoyable. If your a fan of aged Burgundies this is a worthy substitution at a fraction of the cost. Just around $50 US, not bad considering it's already 14 years old and still going strong!!! It 's hard enough to find good Burgundy in that price range that has just been released! 541 cases produced of this hard to find gem. I would keep food pairings to a minimum, aged Manchego and Jamon Iberico would be all that's needed. 4.5/5

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Snooth User: tommyvino
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03/11/2009

A blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano, and 10% Mazuelo (aka Carignan) aged at least 24 months in 225 L oak barrels and another 36 months in bottle then released in the 6th year. A pale garnet-brick color. An aromatic nose of baking spice, black tea, strawberry, chalk dust, and sweet pipe tobacco. The nose is aged though not as pronounced as the 92 Valoria Gran Reserva. Dry, medium to medium heavy bodied, tart acidity, grippy soft tannins, the palate is has plenty of flavor with sweet spice, red currant, cranberry, dried cherry, spicy pepper, and subtle earth tones. The finish is long with mouth watering acidity. Again the acidity here leads me to believe the on going potential this wine has considering the abundance of fruit left on the palate. Another classic Rioja style that I find absolutely enjoyable. If your a fan of aged Burgundies this is a worthy substitution at a fraction of the cost. Just around $50 US, not bad considering it's already 14 years old and still going strong!!! It 's hard enough to find good Burgundy in that price range that has just been released! 541 cases produced of this hard to find gem. I would keep food pairings to a minimum, aged Manchego and Jamon Iberico would be all that's needed. 4.5/5




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