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Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 2005

Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva 750ml 2005      
Sku: 1746412*

The Martinez Bujanda family founded their winery in 1889 and have since become one of the largest growers in Rioja with approximately 1,000 acres under vine. Since the beginning, the family has taken a hands on approach to all aspects of winemaking. Their efforts have been widely recognized. They earned the Wine Spectator’s Critics Choice Award three times and were named as one of the Top 5 Rioja Producers of the Past Quarter Century by Wine & Spirits Magazine. More recently, the family has successfully championed the revival of ancient indigenous varietals like Mazuelo, Malvasia, Maturana and Graciano. All fermentation (with the exception of the barrel-fermented, single vineyard, Alto de Cantabria) takes place in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. An extended maceration period gives the red wines additional depth and character. After more than 100 years, the family continues to follow the principals laid out by Jesus Martinez Bujanda. ”A great wine is the result of an endless journey filled with fundamental processes. This is what really makes a winery great and what everyone here at Bodegas Valdemar tries to accomplish every day.”

Tasting notes
Ripe fruit and spices on the nose followed by velvety tannins, juicy acidity and a persistent finish.

Rating
 Wine Advocate 89 points (Dec 2013)
Closing the more traditional range we have the 2005 Conde de Valdemar Gran Reserva, a blend of 85% Tempranillo, 10% Mazuelo and 5% Graciano, which wears a cherry robe with some brick-orange on the edges and a developed nose that reminds me of an antique shop with notes of noble woods and wax, leather and cured meat dominating the aromas. It has a polished palate with fine, round tannins, tasty flavors and a very spicy finish. Drink 2014-2020.

Wine maker notes
Grapes: 80% Tempranillo, 20% Mazuelo
Alcohol: 13% Vol.
Aging: 36 months in oak casks, 44 months in bottle

Technical notes
(85% Tempranillo/10% Mazuelo/5% Graciano). Sourced from estate vineyards Santa Ana in Rioja Alavesa and Seminario in Rioja Alta. The wine is aged for 25 months in American and French oak.

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Spain
Rioja
Rioja Alta
Rioja Alavesa
Rioja Baja
Regional Varietals:
Graciano
Mazuelo
Tempranillo
Regional Wineries:
Bodegas Muga
Country: Spain
Region: Rioja
Sub-Region: Rioja Alta
Grape Varietal: Graciano,Mazuelo,Tempranillo
Type: Still wine
 
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