A top Rioja wine is in the spotlight at the moment in Canada thanks to a feature in prestigious The Vintages magazine, run by the LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario). The wine in question is Valdelacierva Reserva 2014 and it was included in a special section that focuses on the best winemaking regions of Europe and their wines.
In this section, the magazine takes a closer look at Duoro, Burgundy, Champagne and, in Spain, La Rioja, recognizing Europe as “home to many of the best wines in the world.” The editors recognize Valdelacierva Reserva 2014 as having an “impressive structure, good tannins and wiry acidity,” with aromas of plum and fig and notes of cacao.
According to the oenologist at Bodegas Valdelacierva, Emma Villajos, “Being the only new Rioja wine included in the Canadian wine monopoly this month will allow us to continue to maintain the same high level of quality with the hope that, together, we can continue to build the Rioja brand worldwide.”
This is a very special Reserva wine with a limited production of less than 40,000 bottles. It’s made with grapes from vineyards that are more than 50 year old and the grapes are harvested manually. They’re aged for 24 months in American oak and French casks and then they’re given roundness by spending 12 months in the bottle.