H Bodegas Valdemar is one of Rioja’s largest and oldest commercial wineries. Founded in 1889 by Martinez Bujanda, it produces very good quality wines in a modern facility in Rioja Alavesa. Its Inspiration series is especially noteworthy for its high quality. Importer: Friend Wine Marketing DBA CIV (USA) Sacramento, CA
Viña de Nabot 2004 Nabot Rioja ($108) 89
The 2004 Nabot is a big wine with a dark ruby color and aromas of dark berry fruit, mocha, and sweet oak. 100% Tempranillo, it offers a soft lush attack of heavily oaked fruit, chewy tannins, and a well structured finish.
Valdemar 2004 Crianza Rioja ($14) 87 This is a light-bodied Crianza with a ruby garnet color and aromas of dried cherry fruit and smoke on the nose. The palate offers moderate red fruit flavors, high acidity, and a tart finish.
Viña de Nabot 2004 Santalba Rioja ($65) 88 The Santalba displays a medium ruby color, brambly dried cherry and raspberry aromas, herbal notes, leather and spice. It is a straight forward tasty wine with good balance and finish. Importer: P.R. Grisley Co. Salt Lake City, Utah
Telmo Rodriguez 2005 Altos de Lanzaga Rioja ($125) 95 This is a gorgeous wine sourced from low-yielding 70+ year-old vines from vineyard parcels in Ollauri in Rioja Alta and Lanciego in Rioja Alavesa. Exhibiting an opaque ruby color, it offers complex aromas of red and black fruit, roasted meat, earth and leather. It is soft on the attack with a richly textured palate filled with concentrated fruit and notes of
Bodegas Tobia 2005 Crianza Rioja ($22) 87 Blends 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano. Offers medium ruby, youthful aromas of cedar, plum and black cherry. Soft attack with flavors of pomegranate, earth and leather. Tart, ripe tannins on the finish.
Bodegas Tobia 2001 Tempranillo Reserva Rioja ($35) 91 A big wine with a dark garnet color and aromas of old leather, meat, and dried cherry. Some floral notes too. Soft and lush mouth feel, followed by dark plum and chocolate, ripe tannins, and a long lasting finish. A lovely Rioja in the classical style. Importer: Frontier Wine Imports Dover, NJ
It offers a lush attack of more jammy fruit, toasted meat, and sweet vanilla notes. It exhibits moderate intensity of flavor, soft round tannins and a short dry finish.
Companía Bodeguera Valenciso 2002 Reserva Rioja ($35) 89 Founded in 1998, Bodega Valsacro is a joint venture by
forward offering aromas of strawberry, plum, earth and cedar, followed by a soft attack of sour cherry and spice,
Bodega Valsacro Razon 2004 Dioro Rioja ($55) 90 This winery located just outside the Rioja DO boundaries produces both DO and Table Wines [Vino de Mesa]. From an excellent vintage, the 2004 Dioro is a blend of 40 percent Tempranillo, 40 percent Garnacha and 10 percent Graciano. Aged in new French oak for 12-14 months, it displays a dark ruby color with dark smoky plum aromas and a touch of sandalwood. Lush and ripe, it has a very soft attack, light
French oak, it has taken on is silky smooth and sensual.
tannins and drinkable now, but also age worthy. you, if you are fortunate enough to find a bottle
It will grab to drink.
a Reserva, from low-yielding vineyards.
The wine is fruit
mid-palate, and a flavorful, fruity long finish. Kysela Pere et Fils, Ltd Winchester, VA
Valdemar 1998 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva Rioja ($35) 90 This Gran Reserva displays a dark garnet color with aromas of charred oak and dried red fruit It is very soft and lush on attack and reveals concentrated flavors of dried blackberry fruit, earth, leather, and smoke blackberry fruit. The wine has some chunky tannins on the finish, but overall is very
exhibits a dark ruby opaque core and has attractive aromas of cherry liquor, earth and tobacco. On the palate it boasts ripe and concentrated mouthfilling plum and black fruit
Valdemar VO4 Rioja ($50) 88 This is a complex and flavorful blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Tempranillo and 10% Graciano. It displays a dark garnet color and orange hue on the rim and aromas of cooked plum compote, toasted oak and scents of oxidations.
H Viña Izadi is produced by Viña Villabuena. The winery is located in the foothills of the Sierra Cantabria range of Rioja Alavesa. The grapes for its top cuvées are sourced from old vineyard parcels. Izadi wines are mainly new wave in style and generally well made.
Viña Izadi 2004 Crianza Rioja ($18) 88 This is 100% Tempranillo aged for 11 months in new American oak. Medium ruby in color it offers aromas of fresh plum and black cherry fruit, with hints of oak. On the palate, it is easy drinking revealing flavors of dark plum, cranberry, and balsamic, round tannins and a pleasant finish.
Viña Izadi 2001 Expresión Rioja ($100) 88 Produced from 70+ year old vines, the 2001 Expresion displays an opaque ruby color with lots of toasty oak and chocolate notes on the nose.. On the attack it reveals pure concentrated dark fruit, heavy oak flavors and big chewy drying tannins. A modern wine with lots of heavy oak.
Viña Izadi 2001 Selección Rioja ($75) 91 This is a superb blend of 80% Tempranillo and 20% Graciano sourced from old vines. It is opaque ruby in color and displays aromas of black cherry, plum, smoke and earth. On
a soft round mouth Beautifully balanced
feel that with soft
Riojans Luis Valentin and Carmen Enciso
with other minority wine released as
Valdemar 2001 Inspiración Valdemar Graciano Rioja ($100) 92 This is a lovely single varietal wine from a top vintage
flavors, soft tannins and excellent balance. drinkable now but will get even better over the
This wine is next 3-5 years.
good balance and a firm finish. Importer: Classical Wines, Seattle