Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2004
NZD $79.95NZD $69.95
"This supple red offers an alluring mix of fresh and mature flavors, with notes of black cherry, tobacco, cedar and smoke. Beautifully balanced and elegant, with light, firm tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2018." -- 91 points Wine Spectator
Vina Valoria Cosecha 1968
You might think that this is a mistake but it is not, it is truly a 1968.
The vineyard released only 3000 bottles and New Zealand only got about 5 dozen of which we had them all! This is the same blend but no Mazuelo which we believe it might be Graciano instead, we are not quite sure. The wine has been decanted from the original bottles, recorked and refilled when necessary. It has a brick red colour with tinges of orange peel on appearance followed by a bouquet of alpine cured ham, touches of lavender and wild herbs. The palate is magnificent, fully matured but yet still fresh, velvety smooth and silky with a beautiful seamness from beginning to end. For those unfamiliar with aged Rioja, there is a strong similarity to aged Grand Cru Burgundy, they are always balanced with great finesse and equilibrium.