We truly believe our wines are fantastic, but you already knew that – we wouldn’t sell them if we didn’t! That said, it is always nice when someone else comes along and recognises the quality in our portfolio, even better when they write a lovely review in the press to tell everyone about it… Here’s a round-up of what they’ve been saying about us this last month!
Compañia Bodeguera De Valenciso
“I’ve always liked and admired the wines from Valenciso; they seem to take the best from the traditional and more modern Rioja… One of the names that is undeservedly flying under the radar.” Luis Gutierrez, The Wine Advocate (28th June 2019):
Valenciso Barrel Fermented Blanco 2017: “It’s clean and elegant, in the house profile, not showy, a little shy but with more complexity and clout than might seem at first sight. This is a very pleasant surprise.” 93+ points.
Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2011: “I was quite pleasantly surprised by the 2011 Reserva, a wine from an extremely warm year when ripe and excessively developed wines abound. This 2011 seems to have improved with bottle age, and its elegant and balanced side definitely wins over the ripeness of the year. The oak feels very integrated and the palate terribly balanced. A great 2011.” 93 points
Valenciso Rioja Reserva 2012: ” … a modern classical Rioja in the making, still young but showing some development and incipient complexity. These wines develop slowly and nicely in bottle and seem to hit the spot after some eight years after the harvest.” 93+ points
Fuenteseca Macabeo Sauvignon Blanc (organic) 2018: “A very fresh and lively, crisp young white that offers immediately drinkable citrus and tropical fruit aromas, as well as a peachy thread. The acidity holds it fresh and crisp.” 90 points, James Suckling.com
Mas Que 2 2018: “The dried apple and pear character with lemon-rind undertones are attractive. Quite thick and creamy on the palate.” 91 points, James Suckling.com
Villa La Pagliaia
Also from James Suckling.com (10th April 2019):
Villa La Pagliaia Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2015*: “A decadent Chianti Classico Gran Selezione that shows mulberries, vanilla, dark plums and spices. Full-bodied and ripe but balanced out by some well-judged acidity. 93 points.
Villa La Pagliaia Chianti Classico 2017: A very fruity Chianti Classico with lots of cherry character, yet there’s a citrusy and tangy undertone to it. Medium body. Fresh finish.” 91 points
*this is a new listing, it should be landing in the next few weeks!