Published under Weekly Tastings
July 22, 2013
The Basque region of Spain is fascinating in its geography, political independence and rich culture of food and wine. Located at its southernmost point, Valserrano is a 133-year-old winery, located in Villabuena de Alava, part of the Rioja Alavesa region. Today’s wine is a single vineyard bottling, whose vines average 60 years of age. The fermented juice spends 18 months in 100% new French oak barriques. The result is a fascinating amalgam of old and new technologies, producing a powerful wine of impact.
2007 Valserrano Finca Monteviejo, Bodegas De La Marques, Rioja Alavesa $42 srp
Lovely garnet color with a beautiful corona and an already lightening outer rim. An overt, roasted nose of cherry and fig, with coffee, tar, beef and vanilla accents. Flavors are direct and power-packed, with lively fruit sensations and chewy, mouth-cleansing tannins. Flavorful but restrained, it needs more bottle time to open and unlock – but well worth the wait. Drink 2016-22.