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Valsacro Crianza Rioja D.O.Ca. 2005 (Rioja, Spain) - [RP 90] [WS 90]
Valsacro Crianza Rioja D.O.Ca. 2005 (Rioja, Spain) - [RP 90] [WS 90]


 
 

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Retail Price: $40.00
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Winery: Valsacro
Varietal: 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo
Region: Rioja, Spain
Vintage: 2005
Bottle Size: 750 ml

Product Code: VALSACRORIOJA05-W

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About this Wine:

The Escudero family has been making wine and growing grapes for generations in the rugged, semi-desert foothills around Grávalos in the southwestern corner of the Rioja Baja region. Over the last 15 years or so, the Escudero brothers led by Bordeaux-trained winemaker Amador have transformed the small family "bodega" into a major Rioja wine producer. The changes have come gradually and in addition to the new winery at Pradejón (near Calahorra) they have greatly extended vineyard acreage, a very successful "cava" sparkling wine venture (one of the few non-Catalonian cava makers), and extensive Chardonnay plantings (disallowed in Rioja, but OK for cava). Amador, now in his mid-forties, is not one to shy away from taking risks to make things happen. The Valsacro project is an excellent case in point.

"One of the most adventuresome of "new Rioja" producers; amazing Dioro selection has explosive fruit; new project in Navarra called Logos bears watching."
- Anthony Dias Blue's pocket guide to wine 2006


Ratings & Reviews

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"The 2005 Crianza is a blend of 50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, and 10% Mazuelo aged in French and American oak. Purple-colored, it has an enticing bouquet of cedar, tobacco, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry. This leads to a medium-bodied, elegant wine with some structure, savory fruit, a smooth texture, and excellent depth. It will evolve for another 1-2 years but can be enjoyed now through 2020." - Jay Miller (6/2010)

90 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Fresh and vibrant, this red delivers juicy black cherry and crisp cranberry flavors, with leaf and espresso notes. Shows good depth, with balance and intensity. Drink now through 2015. 1,750 cases made." –TM (8/31/2010)



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