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Conde Valdemar Rioja

Peter writes, "Rioja expert Ana Fabiano led tasters through a flight of Riojas from Conde Valdemar. From the beginning, we hoped that tasters would get a sense of the quality, credibility, and fine value of these wines."
May 4, 2022



Peter continues,

They certainly did. as we head into warmer weather, it was the most purchased wine at the tasting.

The 2020 Conde Valdemar Rioja Blanco surprised everyone with its range of fruit and depth of flavor. The family at Valdemar was correct that a blend of certain Rioja white grapes would give a complete wine.

We began the reds with the 2017 Conde Valdemar Rioja Crianza. This showed a well-made, balanced tone with dark mature fruit. Ana pointed out that the three reds were very different from each other. Sure enough, at the end of the tasting, the Crianza became a few people's favorites.

That was even more true with the more complex and mature 2012 Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva. A ten-year-old Reserva from a high-quality winery is amazing at this price. We finished with the 2010 Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva. It is from a great Rioja vintage. The style is balanced and complex with depth and clarity. Once again, great value.

We would like to thank Ana very much. Tasters were very happy.



2020 Conde Valdemar Rioja Blanco: Straw with green highlights. Almond flowers, linden, and acacia. Aromatic herbs in a pear, melon base. Good fresh acidity and persistent finish. Very Good Plus 12.99/bottle, Case 10.99



2017 Conde Valdemar Rioja Crianza: Clean bright cherry. Mature black fruit, notes of licorice. Well, integrated oak and spice. Fresh, pleasant black fruit nuances in the finish. Very Good Plus 13.99, Case 11.99

2012 Conde Valdemar Rioja Reserva: Bright cherry color. Aromas and flavors of mixed berries, cassis, spices, cocoa, and toffee. Smooth, balanced long finish. Very Good to Excellent 19.99/bottle, Case 16.99

2010 Conde Valdemar Rioja Gran Reserva: Attractive red ruby. Concentrated black fruit with coffee, licorice, and truffle. Balanced2 personality with notes of eucalypt in the long finish. Excellent 32/bottle, Case 26.99


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