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Valenciso Cemento Rioja - Rioja

Valenciso Cemento Rioja 2020 - Rioja

Vintage: 2020 | Type: Reds | Producer: Valenciso
Region: Spain
Closure: Cork
Bottle size: 750ML

$55.80: as part of any six
$62.00: single bottle
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From humble beginnings, Valenciso has risen to become a leading light among Rioja’s small yet growing band of terroir-focused producers.  A distinctive feature of Valenciso’s approach in the cellar has been the widespread use of concrete tanks for fermentation, a practice which allows for a gentler extraction of fruit and colour. Concrete vats were once a mainstay in Rioja, yet by the 1980s the tradition of fermenting and aging in concrete vessels had largely been replaced by stainless steel and oak maturation. Today, thanks to its numerous advantages and a group of specialist manufacturers, concrete has found itself right back at the forefront of fashion. While all Valenciso’s wines see the inside of some concrete during their élevage, this new bottling, as the name suggests, has been fermented and raised entirely in concrete vats. It’s 100% Tempranillo drawn from a group of old-vine vineyards nestled in the limestone-rich hillsides of Haro and Ollauri. All up, this was aged for 26 months before bottling.
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From humble beginnings, Valenciso has risen to become a leading light among Rioja’s small yet growing band of terroir-focused producers. The story began in the late 1990s when wine industry veterans Luis Valentín (Valen…) and Carmen Enciso (…ciso) left behind outstanding careers at Bodegas Palacio and rented a small warehouse with barely enough space to produce their first vintage of 2,000 cases.

Today, the vineyards and cellar are in the far north of Rioja Alta, in Ollauri, a small village four kilometres from Haro. Believing most of the region’s most outstanding wines derive from commune-specific precincts, Valentin and Enciso chose to focus on Ollauri and its immediate environs. Part of what has been proposed as the Western Sonsierra zone (by Alberto Gil and Antonio Remesal Villar in their compelling book, “Rioja: Vinos Silenciosos”),

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