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Characteristics of Conde de Valdemar Crianza
New vintage of Conde de Valdemar, a red wine made of 90% Tempranillo and 10% Mazuelo grapes from the vineyards planted in the municipalities of Oyón, Logroño and Ausejo, within the Q.D.O. Rioja. It is aged for 15 months in American oak barrels. It is a red wine which tries to find the balance between the fruit and the wood. Conde de Valdemar successfully achieves it.
After a winter with normal temperatures and rainfall for D.O.Qa Rioja, high temperatures in spring and summer market his year, as well as the absence of rain at the most dangerous times for the vineyard. These factors led to very healthy vines, but the harvest was brought forward three weeks on average. As a result, this year was rated as a very good one in the area, with the only drawback of not reaching full ripeness. Therefore, the wines from this vintage are those typical from Rioja, with a slightly higher alcoholic strength and a good balance between acidity and ripening.
This vintage was marked by a very rainy and cold spring just at the time of the growth cycle. This fact caused it to ripen unevenly and with a certain delay. Thanks to a fairly dry September and October, the grapes that ripened with a certain delay were harvested in a selective manner. A complicated vintage, but with good results since there was an exhaustive selection of the grapes. A good balance between concentration and acidity in their youth define the wines from this vintage.
A good balance and few climate incidents define this vintage. The autumn began with mild temperatures and lack of rain. In March began the rain,as well as the development of the vines. At the beginning of the growth cycle of the vines, temperatures decrease and there were a lot of rainy days. This caused an irregular growth of the vineyard. After an unstable month of May, the temperatures increased, and a cycle without rains began. This resulted in perfect sprouts and a good flowering. The summer months were warm and with some heat waves, which caused a slower growth cycle and some symptoms of water stress, and thus a concentration of fruit. At the end of September, and before the harvest, there was some rain that was perfect for a great year thanks to the perfect ripening of the grapes. Good acidity and concentration define the wines from this vintage. Fine wines with a great ageing potential.
An excellent vintage in Rioja. With a mild autumn, and a cold and rainy winter, the growth season began with enough resources for the perfect development of the vines. During this period, there were no pests and diseases until the end of the growth cycle. During the harvest, there were no significant rains, so the health and ripening of the grapes were excellent. A great year with great aged wines that can be stored for a long time. Perfect balance between the most amiable tannins and the good acidity, which give these wines an extraordinary length.
SightThe tasting repport of this wine is being translated. Meanwhile, you can check the Spanish version.Nose Taste
SightIntense cherry colour with violet reflections. Clean and very bright.NoseClean and well-defined nose oozing intense aromas of black fruit, especially blackberries, well balanced with warming balsamic aromas, vanilla and subtle spices.
TasteThis wine is fleshy on the palate, with excellent structure, resulting in a round wine with a complex aromatic aftertaste.
SightAttractive, intense cherry red colour with garnet, bright tones. Nose
Powerful aromas of ripe fruit which stand out on a background of toasty notes and subtle hints of spice.
TasteIt is fleshy in the palate and has a soft mid palate and fine tannins. Good acidity and aftertaste characterised by its aromatic complexity (fruit and spices). Easy to drink.
SightDark red cherry colour with violet-purple tones. Clear and bright.NoseIntense and profound. Reminders of ripe fruit well integrated with the oak, which give some attractive spicy nuances.TasteFleshy and full of flavour, with an excellent balance of the tannins and a long finish.
Rioja is one of the most important areas of wine production in the world. It has a long history, and exceptional soils and climates. From the Tempranillo and Grenache varieties they make great red wines that are masterfully aged which demonstrates the experience passed from generation to generation.