2018 Valenciso Rioja Laderas de Cabama


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The Brief
Alcohol
15.0%
Net Volume
750ml
Vintage
2018
Light Dark
Wine Scale 3
How's it taste?
The first thing you’ll notice with this vibrant and super-energetic wine is just how youthful it looks and smells. Deep crimson-purple, it has aromas of dark cherries, cola, spice and gentle cedar notes all soaring from the glass. Given the modest price point, there is real drive and intensity on the palate. Those dark fruits are also there in the mouth, along with suave, persistent tannins (which will also ensure this ages superbly) and very refreshing acidity (giving this wine its shape and balance). Great on its own, this will also suit with a wide variety of meat dishes.
How was it made?
Laderas de Cabama is 100% Tempranillo, crafted from a single plot of 35-year-old vines, sited on the classic clay/limestone soil profile of the Rioja Alta at 550 metres above sea level. Previously, this single-vineyard bottling was made in a similar style to Valenciso’s flagship Reserva, in that it was built to age in barrel and bottle before release. From the 2018 vintage, Valenciso has sought to craft Laderas de Cabama in a younger, more fruit-forward style. Hence, the fruit was picked a little earlier and the winemaking employed a portion of whole-berry, carbonic fermentation, bringing a more primary and juicy profile. No new oak was used, instead fermentation was in cool concrete, followed by 14 months in used French oak barrels. The first thing you’ll notice with this vibrant and super-energetic wine is just how youthful it looks and smells. Deep crimson-purple, it has aromas of dark cherries, cola, spice and gentle cedar notes all soaring from the glass. Given the modest price point, there is real drive and intensity on the palate. Those dark fruits are also there in the mouth, along with suave, persistent tannins (which will also ensure this ages superbly) and very refreshing acidity (giving this wine its shape and balance). Great on its own, this will also suit with a wi(more...)
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