||Name:||'Conde de Valdemar' Centenario Rioja Gran Reserva|
|Region:||Spain / La Rioja / La Rioja Alta / Rioja|
This is pure seduction. Properly and perfectly mature secondary and tertiary aromas and flavor, but it feels as if this is how it’s meant to be and not because of the age. None of the pickly/green nose which I am not so keen on in some Riojas.
The flavor is savory sweet, delicate and laced with uncanny acidity and tannins which grab you gently, but firmly. Old-school Rioja, This was another one of those “wow” experiences and way above expectation. Would love a case of this delight….or a few.
Many thanks to folks at The Sampler in London, UK, which is where I tasted this beauty by the glass. From what I understand, 1968 is the oldest vintage that even the Bodegas Valdemar has in its own cellar library.