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Spec sheet

TypeRed wine
AllergensContains sulfites
Alcohol contenti14.5%

The wine

Valenciso is a very fine wine and a reliable Rioja, which satisfies both classic palates and those who like their wines more modern in style. Its excellent balance between fruit and oak is one of its greatest merits, which is maintained vintage after vintage. They are famous at Valenciso for doing things well, for being consistent and meticulous, and confirmation of this comes simply by opening one of their bottles.

It's made exclusively from Tempranillo variety grapes, from single vineyards in Ollauri, Briones, Rodezno, Haro and Villalba, cultivated via sustainable viticulture on calcareous-clay soils, in northern Rioja Alta, benefitting from the Atlantic influence typically found in that part. After harvesting by hand, the destalked but whole grapes ferment and macerate in concrete tanks; afterwards, a third of the wine matures in light and medium toast French oak barrels for 19 months. Finally, it's racked again to a concrete container for settling and stabilising naturally for 12 months before being bottled.

Once uncorked, Valenciso releases energy, life, plenty of fruit and reveals its fine ageing. It's elegant, expressive, intense and harmonious. It's complex too, with a wide variety of fruit notes (cherries, raspberries, plums, blackberries), hints of crystallised fruit, lactic notes, earthy touches, subtle suggestions of leather... with none of these aromas being especially dominant, so that its true character emanates from the blend as a whole, a wonderful rich scent, becoming ever more harmonious the longer it spends in the glass. On the palate it's very juicy, powerful and sinewy but with pleasant tannins, and it has a dry spicy undertone and lovely viscosity which exemplify its unmistakable Rioja character. Very easy to drink, juicy, most pleasurable... A wine that blossoms in the glass and looks forward to a long life ahead. Always worth having a few bottles in store. Try one and you'll want some more!

Drinking and storing

Serve between 14ºC and 16ºC

Food pairing

Oxtail / Cannelloni / Duck confit / Meat casseroles / Rice dishes / Oven-cooked meats / Chicken with raisins and plums / To enjoy on its own

Ratings and awards

201893 PK
201694 PK
201493 PK
201293+ PK
201192 PK
200991 PK
PK: Parker

Wine critics reviewsReviews by Parker

The balanced, young and elegant 2016 Reserva mixes characteristics from classical and more modern Rioja reds, fruit and herbs, spicy oak and some complexity and a medium-bodied palate with very good freshness and fine tannins. It's riper than you think at 14.5% alcohol and has a pH of 3.7. It fermented in concrete and matured in French barrels for 18 months. 100,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in autumn 2020.

— Luis Gutiérrez (14/07/2022)Robert Parker Wine Advocate Vintage 2016 - 94 PARKER

Customer reviews

19 reviews


Vinification materialCement / Wood
Ageing period19 months
Type of woodFrench oak


ClimateContinental with Atlantic influence

The winery

Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso

Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso

Luis Valentín and Carmen Enciso combined their efforts and their names to bring a dream to fruition. Through hard work, patience, aptitude, strength of purpose and considerable experience in the sector, always within the Rioja denomination, in 1998 they founded the Compañía Bodeguera de Valenciso with the aim of producing an extraordinary Reserva, a wine that unites tradition and modernity. Nowadays they also make a white, but the Valenciso Reserva continues to be the winery's...


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